Focus on customer benefits: SSI Schaefer and SWAN combine SAP expertise

SSI Schäfer und SWAN bündeln SAP-Kompetenz

With a focus on customer benefits, SAP logistics specialist SWAN and SSI Schäfer, a leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics systems, are combining their expertise in logistics digitization and the close technical integration of automated warehouse technology. SWAN GmbH is fully taking over all employees of the SAP business division of the SSI Schäfer Group and integrating them with all existing branches into the company. The intralogistics specialist SSI Schäfer will become the majority owner of SWAN GmbH, which will continue to operate independently in the market. Within the partnership, SWAN will handle the project execution of SSI Schäfer’s SAP division.

This strategic merger creates a leading provider in the SAP logistics sector with over 120 SAP experts, boasting outstanding automation know-how, not just for SSI Schäfer technology. Through this merger, SWAN positions itself among the top 5 providers for SAP logistics and opens up further internationalization of its business areas. The company gains 55 experienced logistics consultants and combines expertise in SAP consulting & development, material flow control, and project management. The Customer Lifecycle Service team will also double in size. “Our business partners and customers will benefit from the newly strengthened SWAN GmbH. In addition to their familiar contacts, we will offer a broader solutions portfolio and outstanding expertise in SAP logistics,” promises Alexander Bernhard, Managing Director of SWAN GmbH.

The SSI Schäfer Group emphasizes the central role that high-performance software plays in modern intralogistics solutions: By investing in SWAN GmbH, future growth areas in the competitive SAP logistics market are opened, laying the foundation for close technology integration towards integrated and intelligent supply chain solutions. With over 1,100 employees in Software Solutions, the SSI Schäfer Group, with a total of 10,500 employees, is a market partner that understands the requirements of modern intralogistics, transforming them into future-proof solutions for its cross-industry customers.

In addition to the self-developed, standardized logistics software WAMAS®, SSI Schäfer enhances its project expertise in implementing logistics solutions with SAP EWM, aiming to serve its customers holistically. Of course, logistics systems will continue to be fully offered as a general contractor.

“In partnership with SWAN, we strengthen the SAP solutions offering for our customers and elevate our consulting and implementation strength internationally to a new level. We are thus consistently implementing our strategy and enabling our customers, as a technology leader, to better, more efficiently, and sustainably meet the increasing expectations and needs of their customers with solution-oriented intralogistics,” explains Steffen Bersch, CEO of the SSI Schäfer Group, on the strategic engagement.

Founded in 2011, the software specialist SWAN has successfully implemented over 100 projects with renowned companies from various industries in 26 countries. In particular, internationally active customers of SWAN and SSI Schäfer in the areas of Healthcare & Cosmetics, Fashion, Food & Beverage, Industry, and Retail will benefit from the strengthened SAP services in consulting and implementation.

Company Profile SSI Schäfer Group

The SSI Schäfer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics systems. The company employs around 10,500 people at its international headquarters in Neunkirchen (Germany) and worldwide in approximately 70 operational subsidiaries and seven production sites domestically and abroad. Spread across six continents, SSI Schäfer develops innovative concepts and solutions in the industries of its customers, shaping the future of intralogistics.

The company plans, designs, and produces systems for warehouse and operational facilities, manual and automatic storage, conveyor, picking, and sorting systems, as well as solutions for waste technology and recycling. SSI Schäfer has become one of the largest providers of standardizable software for in-house material flow. More than 1,100 IT experts develop high-performance applications and provide advisory services to customers for intelligent linking of software and hardware components. The comprehensive software portfolio with WAMAS® and SAP covers all processes from warehouse to material flow management. At the same time, SSI Schäfer optimizes productivity and work performance of its customers with its own solutions, enabling the active management of warehouses through measurement and evaluation using KPIs.

SSI Schäfer implements complex logistics systems globally as a general contractor, from system planning and consulting to turnkey installations and customized service and maintenance offers.

Company Profile SWAN GmbH

As a modern company, SWAN GmbH stands for digital transformation in SAP logistics. At its locations in Augsburg, Altenstadt an der Waldnaab, Dortmund, Giebelstadt, Graz, Nuremberg, Wächtersbach, and Walldorf, SWAN experts implement manual and automated logistics solutions based on the SAP modules SAP EWM and SAP TM. The focus is on innovative SAP logistics solutions, automation system control, technical interfaces, as well as service and support. Additionally, SWAN offers many add-ons in the areas of material flow, direct coupling, and IoT connectivity, Real Time Location System (RTLS), and SAPUI5 usability at all workstations. The customer base includes medium-sized companies as well as international corporations.

Successfully implemented projects in the areas of Food & Beverage, Automotive, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Trade, High Technology, and Electronics demonstrate SWAN’s competence in highly automated distribution centers as well as production integration and transport disposition.

Founded 10 years ago, SWAN enables its over 120 employees to work optimally in an expert environment, promoting self-responsible work according to the agile “New-Way-of-Working” principle. It practices openness, characterized by flat hierarchies, team spirit, cohesion, and enthusiasm for innovation. Short decision-making paths, flexible work design, and a balanced measure of self-responsibility, paired with open communication and creative collaboration, are key ingredients for SWAN GmbH’s recipe for success.