Warehouse & Distribution / 13 March 2014

All-rounders are sought for by the BEUMER service team in Rieste

In November 2012 Markus Petermeier had to face a huge task. Besides having to work in Rieste, 150 km away from BEUMER, and returning to his family for the week-ends only - he had to put together a highly competent service team, able to carry out the complete maintenance and repair service for the huge new technology park at adidas Group Central Distribution Center (CDC). Petermeier comments: "Right from the beginning, we had to ensure the proper functioning of the complete technology of the 50,000 m² logistic centre. All major customers, adidas shops and e-commerce customers in Europe are supplied from here. About 400,000 items leave the virtual counter every day".

State-of-the-art technology ensures that this task is carried out as quickly and effectively as possible. It consists of a high-bay storage with 95,000 pallet stacking places, a two-level miniload system, a multi-shuttle system and, in the meantime, three sortation systems. The team of twenty colleagues around Markus Petermeier ensures that the systems run smoothly, that needed spare parts are available and that they can be simply and quickly replaced, if necessary.

Markus Petermeier, who has been working for BEUMER since 1995, points out: "However, the most important thing is a well-functioning team". He worked as a service manager for sortation and distribution systems when he was offered the opportunity to take on this demanding task in Rieste - his decision did not take long. "The job sounded interesting - a big challenge", recalls Petermeier. Today he is glad he said "yes". It was not easy to find qualified specialists willing to join the service team in the surroundings of Rieste, but they are now forming a "super team".

Dirk Wischmeyer, who joined the BEUMER crew in 2013, confirms this. The skilled electrician worked for twelve years in the maintenance department of the Münster-Osnabrück airport. Wischmeyer explains: "I was looking for a new professional challenge and found it at BEUMER, in Rieste". He does not regret his step, even if the job there is more stressful than at the airport. Wischmeyer says: "I enjoy the job and have a lot of responsibility. According to him, all members of the team are all-rounders. They can rely on each other and there is nobody hanging around when there is something to be done.

The other colleagues who support BEUMER in Rieste feel the same. Nobody regrets working there and all of them hope that the job in Rieste will go on after the initially specified five years.

The signals are positive, since adidas Group intends to extend the number of shifts and plans to handle goods day and night. This means of course more work for the BEUMER team. It is planned to increase the number of colleagues for the Residential Service team in Rieste to 35. Markus Petermeier hopes that "we will soon find motivated candidates, ready to support us".

About the Author


BEUMER Group is an international manufacturing leader in intralogistics in the fields of conveying, loading, palletising, packaging, sortation and distribution technology.

Together with Crisplant a/s and Enexco Teknologies India Limited, BEUMER Group employs about 3,700 people and achieves an annual turnover of about 512 million EUR.

With its subsidiaries and sales agencies, BEUMER Group is present in many industries worldwide.

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