Fashion Logistics

The Special Requirements of Fashion Logistics

The logistics center in fashion logistics basically performs the same functions as in other industries. Nevertheless, fashion logistics is different: the textile and clothing industry is a particularly challenging and complex market due to the short life cycles of the products, strong seasonal peaks, the different handling of hanging and flat-packed goods and high dynamics along the supply chain. Changing consumer needs, eCommerce or omnichannel processes, the organization of several brands or clients at one location and the handling of B2B and B2C do not make planning in fashion logistics any easier. In addition, many manual processes, especially the high returns rates, are driving current processes.

As a specialist in fashion logistics, we know that the textile market has its own style. As sensitive goods, fashion requires special handling, especially in logistics. Thanks to our many years of experience in the logistics sector, coupled with our expertise in the textile industry, we are familiar with the specific requirements of the fashion industry and know how storage and transportation work »crease-free«. 

The diagram shows a schematic representation of the logistics process in a fashion logistics warehouse, with separate routes for hanging goods and flat goods. Starting with “Inbound / Identification”, via “X-Docking” with steps such as “Value Added Services” or “Storage / Buffering” and “Preparation”, the process continues via “Picking” and “Packaging / Identification” to “Outbound”.
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Basic Functions of a Fashion Logistics Center

Value Added Services (VAS) are another important component of fashion logistics, i.e. additional services that very often have to be provided alongside the typical warehouse processes in the fashion logistics sector. These include special services such as taking in belts, rehanging on new hangers or customs clearance. The particular challenge at VAS is that some are carried out on an item-specific basis, while others depend on customer requirements. 

Our research expertise also gives us the opportunity to respond to tomorrow's requirements today. This know-how makes us the first port of call for planning and implementing innovative solutions in the field of fashion logistics. 

Let us work together to develop a suitable solution for your fashion logistics challenges. We can support you with these and other questions:

  •  How do I optimally coordinate my intralogistics system?
  •  Are my processes well organized and structured?
  •  Is my current warehouse technology future-proof?
  •  Are there (partially) automated solutions for my processes?
  •  How can I combine fashion logistics and sustainability?
  •  How can I increase my service level?
  •  Which IT system is the right one?


"The excellent cooperation with the Fashion Logistics team has given us a lot of pleasure and has already led to significantly visible improvements in our in-house logistics. The recommendation from one of our service providers to use the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML for the analysis proved to be spot on."

Thomas Drexler, Head of Logistics at ROY ROBSON FASHION GmbH & Co. KG


"Using differentiated analysis fields, the Fraunhofer IML conducted a thorough and well-founded process analysis. Process flows were identified, and implementation options were determined in an open and professional collaboration. We can now incorporate these findings into the restructuring of processes and strategies, adding value to our daily operations while increasing the efficiency of existing processes."

Peter Volk,  Division Manager Logistics and Services at BAUR Versand GmbH & Co. KG


"It was a professional collaboration. Fraunhofer IML was able to get to the heart of complex issues and effectively lead the discussion."

Jörg Hoppe,  Director Logistics at Takko Holding GmbH

Does your challenge also lie in one of these areas or processes? Call us now for your customized fashion logistics solutions.

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In the book  »Fashion Logistics« by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel, Dr. Karsten Honydorff, Stephan Hülsmann and Detlef Spee you will find what you are looking for.