Finding an Omni-channel Order Fulfillment Solution within the Apparel Trade

Consumer behavior has completely changed the way apparel retailers, wholesalers, and design manufacturers have to do business. What once was an easy feat of building a distribution center to supply multiple storefronts doesn’t scale for omni-channel behavior. An increase in competition has retailers needing a greater variety of styles, sizes, and colors on-hand and ready for consumers—regardless of where or how they shop. E-commerce has completely changed the way consumers do business—and distribution has to match this new demand. With shoppers wanting items delivered fast and directly to their residence or ready for in-store pick-up, normal distribution channels aren’t working. Couple these new demands with high real estate prices and low unemployment, retailers and manufacturers are looking for ways to maximize existing square footage while decreasing the need for labor.

Working with SSI SCHAEFER for Omni-channel Order Fulfillment

Omni-channel distribution doesn’t have to come with constraints. Innovative products and technology from SSI SCHAEFER allow for simplification of distribution and create a systematic approach to omni-channel order fulfillment for the apparel industry. Whether it’s existing square footage or a completely new greenfield construction,  SSI SCHAEFER can work with your team to help find the perfect automation and technology solution.

Smaller to mid-size retailers or wholesalers may need a completely different approach than a large fashion department store. Whatever your situation, an apparel logistics expert from the United States market at SSI SCHAEFER will plan a tailor-made solution for your exact needs. The SSI SCHAEFER family brings years of experience along with the appropriate technology to meet your throughput, labor, storage, and fulfillment requirements.  In addition, SSI SCHAEFER plans for future growth. All engineered SSI SCHAEFER systems are designed to scale. 


  • Storage of a broad multiple SKU product range

  • Rapid delivery after receipt of the order

  • Ability to deal with daily and seasonal peaks

  • Optimized returns handling

  • Efficient processing of very small orders

  • Minimize the number of product touches

  • Fast and accurate delivery

  • WMS IT system to handle multiple distribution facilities 

SSI SCHAEFER has developed a modular logistics system solution for the fashion industry designed to handle complex requirements. 

SSI SCHAEFER created a comprehensive solution for the Finnish store chain Stockmann. The system is designed to handle a throughput of 55,000 order items with 180,000 individual pieces per day. The shuttle warehouse with 130,500 container spaces for double-deep storage is the heart of the Stockmann system concept. The 3D-Matrix Solution® offers Stockmann a unique degree of process flexibility and efficiency derived from storage, buffering, and sequencing systems.


SSI SCHAEFER engineered an apparel solution for Finnish store chain Stockmann. The system has a throughput of 55,000 order items with 180,000 individual pieces per day. The shuttle warehouse with 130,500 container spaces for double-deep storage is the heart of the Stockmann system.

Case Study Stockmann

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SSI SCHAEFER experts get questions from apparel experts just like you, who want to know more about automation technologies. Feel free to reach out and ask our apparel team, or browse through some of the most commonly asked questions.

Compared to manual picking processes, automation combined with Goods-to-Person picking workstations should provide pick rate improvements up to 1,000 picks per hour while reducing headcount, decreasing pick errors, and improving inventory accuracy.

The SSI SCHAEFER automation systems combined with our award winning WAMAS® software effectively controls the order pool to prioritize last minute orders based on shipping cutoff times. This ensures you're able to meet your customer's needs and keep them returning to your site. 

SSI SCHAEFER offers overhead conveying technologies that take advantage of space below the ceiling for efficient storage and smooth, gentle transporting of Goods-on-Hanger (GOH) articles, flat goods in pouches, shoes, accessories and other similar items.

SSI SCHAEFER has customized solutions to help reduce costs by automating manual processes.  With specially designed workstations for processing returned goods, you’ll increase productivity and, along with the SSI SCHAEFER modular pocket conveyor, you’ll have a highly efficient procedure for short-term storage, buffering and restocking.

Whether you’re seeing an order profile shift now or anticipate it later, dealing with seasonal peaks much higher than average, or have order patterns that change regularly, SSI SCHAEFER designs and installs systems that can grow with your business. This engineering method allows for greater flexibility and provides a more economical choice as your business expands.


Thanks to continuous inventory availability, e-commerce, and fast delivery, the apparel industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Trying on clothes in at home, easy returns, and low prices due to hard competition have significantly increased requirements for material handling for both manufacturers and retailers.

Experts for the Fashion Industry

Changes in consumer behavior lead to an ever increasing individualization of intralogistics solutions, as well as complex requirements regarding technologies and the need for efficient processes. SSI SCHAEFER succeeded in meeting these specific challenges thanks to its specialization within the apparel industry.


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