Against this background, dm Austria has, in recent decades, successfully rolled out the recycling system with returnable containers in regional companies throughout Southeastern Europe. By now, the Austrians are consolidating the demand for ten more of dm’s 13 European subsidiaries and placing a collective order with SSI SCHAEFER once a year. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the container market leader has been delivering between 40,000 and 60,000 storage and transport containers to dm Austria every year. In the meantime, a total of between 600,000 and 800,000 FKE 6320 containers are in circulation in the regional companies - around half of them in the coverage area of dm Austria alone. “The containers are coveted and are here and there removed from the returnable cycle and misappropriated,” admits Herbert Scheiblauer. “The constant demand, however, is primarily due to continuous growth, increased process automation, order peaks during the pre-Christmas season, and increasing requirements of our separation strategy in the supply chain. The containers themselves last for decades.” Just in time for the peak season, SSI SCHAEFER starts delivering the containers in October. “Absolutely on time – and extremely flexible when it comes to delivery dates, special requests from individual regional companies, and any follow-up orders,” says Herbert Scheiblauer, Manager of Transport and Warehouse Organization.