Around 30 sites in Switzerland belong to the Emmi Group. These include small cheese dairies with a handful of employees such as Fromagerie Develier or Appenzeller Schaukäserei in Stein, trading companies such as Baumann Käse AG in Zollikofen or Emmi Frisch-Service AG in Schlieren, and large sites such as Ostermundigen or Emmen. One of Emmi Logistic’s ongoing tasks is to optimally coordinate the flow of raw materials and goods from, to and between these sites, and finally to customers.
To do this, Emmi operates two interconnected networks: first, a platform network which connects the plants and storage sites with around 200 customer unloading sites, and second, a fine distribution network, which services about 400 delivery points throughout Switzerland. At the core of the networks are the nodes in Ostermundigen, Suhr, Emmen and Schlieren.
The factors with a major influence on sustainability in logistics include the right choice and size of production and storage sites, the selection of the energy and cooling concepts in refrigerated and frozen logistics, choosing the means of transport (road, rail, water, air), the right choice of vehicles, and the knowledge and behaviour of the company’s employees.
Every day, around 550 people work in Emmi’s network, about 200 vehicles are in use and roughly 8,000 pallets are transported. And that is just in Switzerland.