SELFAR Thessaloniki opts for all-in shuttle technology

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In the summer of 2020, SELFAR Thessaloniki will open a brand-new, ultramodern subsidiary in the west of Thessaloniki. This logistics centre is designed to help SELFAR provide faster and enhanced delivery services to their customers. The pharmaceutical wholesaler chose an all-in shuttle solution by KNAPP for the company expansion. At the heart of the logistics centre is the OSR Shuttle™ Evo system comprising two rack line systems. Two Pick-it-Easy work stations ensure highly ergonomic picking of medium and slow-moving articles based on the goods-to-person principle. The high-performance SDA takes care of processing fast-moving articles.

The new SELFAR logistics centre in Thessaloniki was essential to the company’s expansion. Today goods are dispatched from the distribution centre on motorbike around the clock to cover the immediate requirements and urgent orders of pharmacies. The site is located in a strategic location in the city that allows the wholesaler to reach even the remotest pharmacies within minutes. Each day, around 750 orders leave the warehouse, delivered by 13 employees using 7 motorbikes who make sure that all pharmaceuticals and parapharmaceutical products are delivered.


Th. Konstandinidis, Managing Director of SELFAR SA about the project: “2018 marked the beginning of a new phase of development for SELFAR. The company expansion meant we had to relocate to a separate building with a surface area of 6,500 m² (total land: 25,400  m²). On the back of this expansion, we chose a fully-automatic logistics system for stock management that will open up new possibilities for SELFAR. We also chose a reliable partner, KNAPP. KNAPP AG is the leading company for automation systems and provides diverse solutions with a multitude of benefits. There is no better partner than KNAPP for a brand-new, European, high-tech logistics centre like ours.”

SELFAR is the first distribution centre in Greece in which the all-in shuttle technology is used. The all-in shuttle concept simplifies and consolidates the multitude of processes in the warehouse. The OSR Shuttle Evo™ shines thanks to its high storage density, high-speed performance and intelligent software. As a result, medicines are always delivered to pharmacies quickly. KNAPP is proud to be a trailblazer for pharmaceutical distribution in the city of Thessaloniki with this distribution centre that meets the latest demands of the digital worlds of today and tomorrow,” says Sven Waldhaus, Director of Sales Asia & Middle East, KNAPP AG.