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Europe’s largest temperature controlled air freight center goes live with Hermes

November 20, 2015

Twenty years after the Perishable Centre Frankfurt (PCF) became one of the first in a new generation of temperature-controlled warehouses, Europe’s largest air freight centre has embraced new technology once again and has now gone live with the Hermes Cargo Management System (CMS).

PCF now have a cargo management system specifically tailored to their needs with built-in temperature checks, warehouse picking lists providing prioritised loading and hand-held Work Orders (Arbeitsaufträge) with the aim of supporting a completely paperless warehouse.

“The very nature of the shipments PCF handles means it is vital we can accept, breakdown and store in the correct location quickly and efficiently,” says PCF Managing Director, Rainer Wittenfeld, “HERMES is a real-time system designed to easily support and drive this type of quick turnaround making it ideally suited to our operation.”

HERMES Logistics Technologies, Product Director, Simon Elmore added, “We are delighted that PCF have chosen HERMES. This move into the cool chain sector shows how truly versatile the HERMES Cargo Management System is. HERMES is now running a number of varied operations worldwide ranging from small, single location warehouses to large networks, airline hubs and product specific facilities. With HERMES’ new Work Orders innovation, the ability to define complex, product-specific processes without the need for extra development opens the HERMES world up even further.”

The facility, which has 20 different temperature zones, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and handles around 100,000 tones of perishable goods per annum.

About Perishable Center GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

The Perishable Centre (PCF) at Frankfurt Airport is Europe’s largest air freight centre for temperature-controlled products, handling up to 700 tonnes of fresh produce each day.

Established in June 1995 it’s first centre of its kind in Germany and Europe, the Perishable Center Frankfurt offers a specialised air freight transit service, ensuring product quality with a continuous cold chain and minimal transit times.

Shortly after arrival by plane, goods are transferred to the Perishable Center at Frankfurt Airport. This unique transit hub provides an excellent infrastructure and an ideal logistics service with more than 9000m2 of storage space which includes 20 refrigerated storage areas.

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