Green Logistics by SSI Schäfer

Designing sustainable intralogistics

Sustainability, as we understand it, is an interlocking of social commitment, ecology and economic viability. Sustainable management along the entire value chain and ecological action ensure the future viability of intralogistics and our company. This holistic approach determines the sustainability strategy of SSI SCHAEFER. This also includes products, solutions and services. We claim to support our customers in achieving their own climate goals in partnership with innovative and future-proof solutions.

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Sustainability Report 2021

In August 2022, SSI SCHAEFER published its first sustainability report. The report for fiscal year 2021 was prepared on the basis of the internationally recognized standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This was preceded by a comprehensive analysis, on the basis of which four fields of action were defined. In each field of action, SSI SCHAEFER sets concrete goals based on measurable key figures or initiatives with clear deadlines.

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50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders Initiative

Partnering for sustainable, economical, and future-proof material handling solutions.
As the first material handling company, SSI SCHAEFER has been invited to participate in the 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders initiative. It demonstrates transformational climate action by the international business community, and the desire to rise to the challenge of climate change and to meet the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders

Container systems

SSI SCHAEFER plastic containers can be used sustainably in the reusable system, are fully recyclable and can be further processed into regranulate for new containers. Nestable and foldable containers offer efficient space savings of 75-80%, while customized packaging protects sensitive products from damage. Steel containers are another robust, recyclable alternative with high load capacity.

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Euro size containers made of plastic from SSI SCHAEFER

Conveying systems

The SSI SCHAEFER conveying systems convince with drives that meet the requirements of the latest energy efficiency class in combination with intelligent control systems. Requiring as little electrical power as possible is also the primary goal in the mechanics. Stable, wear-resistant systems combined with a needs-optimized design and preventive maintenance reduce the energy demand from the start.

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Storage machines & shuttles

In semi- and fully automated logistics environments the following storage machines, among others, ensure optimized performances: The SSI Exyz features energy recovery, the SSI Miniload has integrated energy efficiency software, and the SSI Flexi uses supercapacitors as an energy source.

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Hochregallager und Regalbediengerät Exyz

Racking systems

Racking systems made of steel are characterized by a very robust and durable lightweight construction. They are almost completely recyclable, modular and scalable and can be used in various configurations. Ergonomic requirements are also supported. For instance, mobile racking systems offer a higher storage area with the same energy consumption and thus lead to lower CO₂ emissions. By using the SSI Orbiter and durable channel storage systems, a sustainable future can be created.

Mobile Racking System ESX

Customer Service & Support (CSS)

In CSS, SSI SCHAEFER translates the topic of sustainability by applying activities aimed at conserving resources, increasing energy efficiency and lowering CO₂ emissions. With these initiatives, innovative approaches are deployed with a wide portfolio of services. State-of-the-art technologies are of great importance. Especially services such as Predictive Maintenance, SSI Augmented Support, the SSI SCHAEFER Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), and retrofitting play a major role.

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Maintenance 4.0


SSI SCHAEFER considers ergonomic work stations, as well as preventative occupational and system safety, to be both an ethical as well as a moral obligation. This subject plays a fundamental role in the development of products and solutions. The sustainably designed work stations and processes promote employee motivation and help prevent unnecessary efforts and movement that results in health issues. This is where the modular picking and handling systems and the ergonomics@work!® concept come into play.

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Get and Pick

Logistics software

The SSI SCHAEFER logistics software portfolio, including WAMAS® or SAP, helps to optimize the energy efficiency of warehouse and logistics centers. Sustainable storage strategies result in shorter distances and higher throughput. Software automated reconfiguration of warehouse operations ensures reduced energy consumption. In returns handling, WAMAS® enables transparent tracking of returned goods and reduces the effort to reintegrate them. Predictive maintenance promises to conserve resources by avoiding premature replacement of components.

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Digital Transformation

Green Building

Climate-neutral and economical use of energy can already be taken into account when planning a new logistics building. The SSI SCHAEFER services include not only green products, but also range from energy consulting and planning, certification and monitoring, and subsidy consulting.

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