Ever greater demands are being made on our sector. Our company operates in an extremely dynamic interplay between accelerating change and progressively evolving markets. We can only overcome these challenges together through our global, integrated supply chain.
We see committed, reliable suppliers as a central element of our global supply chain. For this reason, we expect the same high standards from our business partners as we do from ourselves. We value collaboration based on partnership and competitive business conditions. Compatibility with our systems and seamless integration in our processes also play an important role for successful collaboration.
Are you interested in collaborating with our company? Find out in the next section how your company can be a reliable partner in our supply chain. And if you would like to work with us directly: Our global logistics and purchasing team is also looking for expert reinforcement. We look forward to hearing from you!
Demand-Supply Management is responsible for all planning processes along the supply chain. Our global control function allows us to balance Group-wide supply and demand and thus ensure optimum interaction between market supply, delivery time, inventories and capacities.
The central focus is always on the wishes and needs of our consumers. We supply the products they want tailored to their requirements: at the right time, in the right quantity and in the right place. Our actions therefore contribute significantly to the long-term and profitable growth of BSH.
Professional demand planning forecasts how many of our appliances will be needed when and where for the coming periods. We check and consolidate global demand and translate this into production volumes that can be serviced via our BSH-wide factory and supplier network. We thus harmonize supply and demand, taking account of opportunities and risks, as well as service, inventory and productivity objectives.
Purchasing lays the foundation for uniform, transparent procurement processes at BSH within our global supply chain organization. It is characterized by clearly defined responsibilities and uniform reporting.
From steel and components to investment goods, from IT systems and fleets to Internet agencies: Our employees in purchasing look after the company's overall demand. Using the latest bidding processes and targeted negotiations, BSH awards contracts for external goods and services with the primary goal of ensuring the required availability and quality of the materials and services.
The procurement process is conducted in a standardized manner and in close cooperation with the various subsidiaries. For example, we bundle the Group's worldwide demand in order to achieve the defined savings objectives and identify the best suppliers. Our actions are guided in this by four essential key factors: quality, quantity, delivery time and location.
With a purchasing volume of around seven billion euros in 2016, our company's competitiveness depends predominantly on our suppliers. A large percentage of our product costs is determined by supply parts. We counteract increasing cost pressure on the market by continuously optimizing all the links in our supply chain.
We expect our suppliers to work together with us to flexibly and reliably overcome the diverse challenges posed by the market. Thanks to our innovative strength, we secure access for ourselves and our partners to the latest technologies and offer additional opportunities to leverage economies of scale and reduce costs by bundling material groups globally. Fully utilize your productivity as a supplier and increase our shared success.
Within BSH Logistics, Transport Management is the central interface between transport service providers and the BSH shipping centers and factories. In addition to strategic assurance of the delivery of finished products to consumers, the Transport Management team is also responsible for supplying production materials to the factories. In this role, the department defines the framework conditions, optimizes the network, and coordinates and initiates the creation, implementation and tendering of transport services. The department's aim is to ensure the continuous optimization of BSH's cost position by permanently checking the transport concepts, framework conditions and the service provider portfolio.
Warehouse Management supports the subsidiaries globally in strategic warehousing topics and defines standards in the field of warehousing for BSH's own warehouse processing as well as for warehousing providers acting on behalf of BSH. The core competencies in this regard comprise the development of warehousing strategies and concepts, evaluation of logistics concepts based on profitability and feasibility analyses, as well as tender and contract management.
Technology Management looks at the entire logistics process chain, from the factories and warehouses, the transshipment points and the retail customers, to the end customer, and strives to find the global economic optimum in these areas taking account of ecological requirements. Core topics in this context include packaging technology, storage technology, conveyor and sorting technology, labeling of packages (barcode, RFID), load securing concepts, and optimizing the utilization of transport capacity. The team also coordinates the topics of occupational safety, fire and environmental protection, resource efficiency, and business continuity management in the area of logistics.
IT Process Management is responsible for ensuring ongoing optimization of the logistics processes in collaboration with the operational logistics departments both domestically and abroad, as well as with other corporate departments. The key focus is on global process harmonization and the interface function between the logistics department and IT. The primary goals lie in process consulting, change management, standardization and improvement of logistics parameters.
The Logistics Planning department has global responsibility for short-, medium- and long-term capacity planning for finished products and materials with regard to means of transport, storage spaces and staff. Capacity planning is the foundation for smooth business operations since it serves as a basis for consolidating and optimizing future capacities. In addition, knowledge transfer within BSH is guaranteed.
The Steering & Process Logistics team is responsible for providing global support to the subsidiaries within the steering activities of BSH Logistics. In this context, the department supports logistics management in achieving corporate objectives, as well as in planning and control within the supply chain organization.
The equivalent of our warehousing space globally.
Train length per year in Europe – that corresponds to the route from Munich to Frankfurt.
Delivery by sea freight, this corresponds to the weight of 3,570 blue whales.
Leave our warehouses and transshipment points every day.