Recycling system with returnable containers

dm Austria opted for the FKE 6320 container type as the basis for internal order production and the returnable system. The rugged polypropylene container from the foldable/collapsible plastic box series has a capacity of 65 l and meets or exceeds the stringent requirements of the packaging regulations for returnable transport containers.

The returnable container system enables dm to deliver a detailed order safely and damage free to our branches. The FKE 6320s act as both source and target container for storage and picking at the Enns distribution center. Conveyor technology automatically guides the source container from the AMS to the respective workstations according to the goods-to-person principle. Up to 3,500 order positions per hour are removed there and picked directly into the target containers, which also serve as transport containers. Automatic container erectors upstream ensure that the employee receives ready-to-use containers. The target boxes are filled to order, automatically removed from the picking stations via conveyor technology, and guided to consolidation stations where they are removed, stacked on pallets, and finally loaded for delivery to the branches. After storing the items, the branches fold up the transport containers to save space. Lastly, the containers are collected and transported back to the logistics center on schedule, closing the returnable system loop.

Advantages of container FKE 6320:

  • exactly matched to the Euro pallet dimensions

  • fixed, strong upper edge of the FKE 6320 guarantees high torsional strength and safe stacking – with or without a lid

  • reinforced ribbed bottom is ideally suited for automated system handling

  • Strong enough for stable angular support in the automated miniload system (AMS)

  • quiet and smooth on the container conveying system

  • compatible and flexible for latticed grip areas


Accessory options such as 2-part convenient hinged lids, cover hoods, trolleys such as the Roll-Fix, and the roller plate offer short and long term added value for the user in a wide range of internal and external processes. The possible uses are endless and ensure a more efficient handling. Additionally, they support the reduction of the user’s CO2 footprint with every year of use.