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

Updated: 2 July, 2021

With the focus on customer benefits, SAP logistics specialist SWAN and SSI Schäfer, leading solution provider for modular warehouse and logistics systems, are pooling their expertise in the digitalization of logistics and the close technical integration of automated warehouse technology. SWAN GmbH completely takes over all employees of the SAP business unit of the SSI Schaefer Group and integrates them with all existing branches into the company. The intralogistics specialist SSI Schäfer becomes majority shareholder of SWAN GmbH, which will continue to operate independently on the market. Within the partnership, SWAN takes over the project execution of SSI Schaefer’s SAP division.

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Steffen Bersch, CEO of SSI Schaefer Group, and Alexander Bernhard, Managing Director of SWAN GmbH, are pleased about the partnership strengthening the SAP competencies of both companies.

This strategic merger creates a leading provider in the field of SAP logistics with more than 120 SAP experts and outstanding automation know-how, not only for SSI Schaefer technology. Through the merger, SWAN positions itself within the top 5 providers for SAP logistics and opens up for further internationalization of its business areas. The company gains 55 experienced logistics consultants and bundles competencies in the areas of SAP consulting & development, material flow control, and project management. The Customer Lifecycle Service team will also be doubled in size in the future. “Our business partners and customers will benefit from the newly strengthened SWAN GmbH. In the future, we will offer an even broader solution portfolio and outstanding expertise in SAP logistics through their usual contacts,” promises Alexander Bernhard, Managing Director of SWAN GmbH.

The SSI Schaefer Group underlines the central role that high-performance software plays in modern intralogistics solutions: The investment in SWAN GmbH will open up future growth areas in the competitive SAP logistics market and lay the foundation for close technology integration towards integrated and intelligent supply chain solutions. With more than 1,100 employees in the Software Solutions division, the SSI Schaefer Group with a total of 10,500 employees is a market partner that knows the requirements of modern intralogistics from hardware to software and translates them into sustainable solutions for its cross-industry customers.

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

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

Founded in 2011, the software specialist SWAN has already successfully implemented over 100 projects as an SAP project house with well-known companies from various industries in 26 countries. In particular, internationally active customers of SWAN and SSI Schäfer in the Healthcare & Cosmetics, Fashion, Food & Beverage, Industry and Retail sectors are to benefit in the future from the strengthened SAP services in the areas of consulting and implementation.

Company Profile SSI Schaefer Group

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

The company plans, designs and produces systems for setting up warehouses and operations, manual and automatic storage, conveying, picking and sorting systems, as well as solutions for waste technology and recycling. SSI Schaefer has developed into one of the largest suppliers of release-capable software for internal material flow. More than 1,100 IT experts develop high-performance applications and advise customers on solutions for intelligently linking software and hardware components. The comprehensive software portfolio with WAMAS® and SAP covers all operations from warehouse to material flow management. At the same time, SSI Schaefer optimizes the productivity and work performance of customers with its own solutions and creates the possibility to actively manage the warehouse by measuring and evaluating with the help of KPIs.

As a globally active general contractor, SSI Schaefer implements complex logistics systems, starting from system planning and consulting to turnkey plants and customized service and maintenance offers.

Company profile SWAN GmbH

As a modern company, SWAN GmbH stands for the digital transformation in SAP logistics. At their locations in Augsburg, Altenstadt an der Waldnaab, Dortmund, Giebelstadt, Graz, Nuremberg, Wächtersbach and Walldorf, the 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, control of automated systems, technical interfaces as well as service and support. In addition, 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. Its clientele includes medium-sized companies as well as international corporations.

Successfully implemented projects in the food & beverage, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, retail, high-tech and electronics sectors are testimony to SWAN’s expertise, both in the environment of highly automated distribution warehouses and in production integration and transport scheduling.

Uncomplicated and flexible, SWAN, founded 10 years ago, enables its more than 120 employees* an optimal working environment for experts and promotes self-responsible working according to the agile “new way of working” principle. It lives openness, is characterized by flat hierarchies, stands for team spirit and cohesion and innovative spirit. Short decision-making processes, flexible work arrangements and a balanced degree of personal responsibility, coupled with open communication and creative cooperation – these are important ingredients in SWAN GmbH’s recipe for success.

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Central Press Office SSI Schäfer Germany

Melanie Kämpf / Senior Global Communications Manager / Global Marketing

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