Logistics Live WiSe 17_18

Field Trip to the enterprises Merck KGaA and LOGOSYS Logistik GmbH & Co. KG

Already for the ninth time, the Chair of Management and Logistics organized a one-day field trip in the context of the economics seminar. About 20 bachelor and master students participated in the event whose focus was on logistics processes and the special logistic challenges of the both enterprises located in Darmstadt.

On the morning of 18th January, the participants had the opportunity to get to know the logistics processes of the chemical and pharmaceutical enterprise Merck at the first stop of the trip. After being welcomed by the representatives of the enterprise, Mr. Müller (Manager Distribution Center), Mr. Abbe (Group Leader Storage and Order Picking) and Mr. Seitel (Manager Central Warehouse), the group was divided for the following tour. During the tour the student got an insight into the entire process from the receipt of goods over the central warehouse and the distribution centre including special storages for dangerous materials to the assignment and goods issuing department. Finally, during a collective refreshment the opportunity was given to discuss open questions and impressions of the tour.

At the second stop of the field trip in the afternoon, the participants were welcomed at LOGOSYS Logistik GmbH & Co. KG which is one of the most important logistics service providers of Merck KGaA. Firstly, Mr. Reinhard, the managing director of LOGOSYS GmbH & Co. KG, presented the history and business areas of the company. Thereby, especially the unique requirements on a medium-sized logistics service provider in the pharmaceutical business as well as the resulting wide range of logistics and additional operations offered by the enterprise were illustrated. After the interesting enterprise presentation the students were guided in small groups through the logistics centre by Mr. Reinhard, Mr. Diethelm and Mr. Wienholt. During the tour, the different storage areas (high rack warehouse, cold storage, picking warehouse) as well as the areas for pharmaceutical packaging were visited. Finally, the students were given the opportunity to discuss open questions.


  • Merck KGaA: Thorsten Müller, Michael Abbe, Peter Seitel
  • LOGOSYS Logistik GmbH & Co. KG: Jürgen Reinhard

Attendance: 24