Swisslog 2011 Investor Day

A true benchmark: dm-drogerie markt's new distribution center

Buchs/Aarau, (PresseBox) - With around 2 400 branches in eleven countries, dm-drogerie markt (dm) is one of Europe's leading drugstore chains. In fiscal year 2009/2010, the Group employed some 36 000 staff and generated sales exceeding MEUR 5 600. Swisslog's business relationship with dm-drogerie markt dates back to 2003, when we were contracted to build a distribution center in Waghäusel, southern Germany, to meet the demands arising from dm's double-digit sales growth.

As dm-drogerie markt continued to record growth on the same scale, it commissioned Swisslog as general contractor for a new distribution center in 2007. The new facility, located in Weilerswist near Cologne and completed in 2010, is one of the largest and most modern around, covering an area of approx. 50 000 m2. The new distribution center's logistics data are impressive with up to 1 100 000 order lines processed and 4 500 pallets sent each day. The facility has attracted a great deal of interest not only from a logistics point of view, but also due to dm's corporate culture, which attaches great importance to sustainability issues and workplace quality, among other things. The distribution center has been distinguished for both. It is a benchmark in financial terms too: with a contract value of approx. MCHF 200, it is dm's largest single investment, and Swisslog's most extensive project ever.

We would be pleased to show you around this outstanding logistics facility at the Swisslog 2011 Investor Day. As usual, we would also like to give you an update on the Group's strategy, including a special focus on the Warehouse & Distribution Solutions division. The Investor Day will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 (see PDF in link below). Please feel free to extend this invitation to colleagues who might be interested in participating. We will provide you with more detailed information once we receive your registration. As we need to book seats for the flight to Cologne in due time, please send us your response (using the registration form included in the PDF) no later than Friday, 13 May 2011. We look forward to meeting you at this event.

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