• trade / retail / distribution
  • fashion

SAP Product


The support provided by IGZ helped us to make the overall system lean and manageable.

Rainer Haas | Head of IT Warehousing & Logistics


The new logistics centre for hanging items distribution in Metzingen went operational. Developed by HUGO BOSS AG, Germany's best-known fashion label for the premium apparel segment.

The five storeys of this hanging garment warehouse (HGW) are host to a wide diversity of processes. The highly-automated HGW is intended to feature a very high level of SAP IT integration.
Accordingly, HUGO BOSS is using SAP LES (SAP Logistics Execution System) and SAP TRM (SAP Task and Resource Management) for management and control throughout, to ensure the optimum integration of logistics processes into existing SAP infrastructure.


The name HUGO BOSS stands for exceptional design and high quality and thus for first-class premium-label fashion. With two labels and four fashion ranges – BOSS Black, BOSS Selection, BOSS Orange, BOSS Green and HUGO – HUGO BOSS stands for success, perfection and internationality, offering collections for any occasion to a range of customer groups.

Licensed products such as perfumes, cosmetics, wristwatches and glasses round off the product portfolio. The success enjoyed by the HUGO BOSS Group is based on the careful coordination of a number of different segments. HUGO BOSS collections can be purchased at 6,100 points of sale worldwide in 110 countries. The company's own retail network extends to 330 stores.

As part of the "Columbus" project aimed at improving efficiency, company goods logistics was moved to a new hanging items distribution depot in Metzingen, with the SAP SCE software suite also being deployed for warehouse management.

In terms of cost-effectiveness and compatibility with later releases, SAP LES (SAP Logistics Execution System) and the integrated material flow control module SAP TRM (SAP Task and Resource Management) offer real value. A dedicated material flow controller is not required, nor is any middleware for interfacing with the control layer: both of these facts fit well with the strategy of reducing interfaces while ensuring a standardised overall solution.

  • SAP AFS (SAP Apparel and Footwear Solution) for the clothing industry, Release 6.0
  • Decentralised SAP LES (SAP Logistics Execution System ECC 6.0) with SAP TRM (SAP Task and Resource Management)
  • SAP ITSmobile Radio Frequency
  • Material flow control with the SAP LES/TRM software suite
  • SAP serial number management and batch traceability
  • SAP LES (SAP Logistics Execution System) integration with printers and labelling machines
  • SAP Express Ship Cockpit interface for parcel shipments

  • Avoidance of extra IT system layers for material flows
  • High level of process flexibility, thus ensuring system stays adaptable
  • Maximum independence from external providers by building up in-house SAP expertise
  • Time savings as a result of full transparency about stock data within a single system
  • Flexible expansion options for long-term protection of the company's investment
  • Expansion of the solution guaranteed in all areas

For HUGO BOSS, maximum logistical efficiency is essential that we create in conjunction with our powerful logistics IT. With IGZ, we found a partner who was able to map these demanding logistics requirements in SAP due to the very specific SAP and logistics know-how.

Ralf Schneider | Director Logistics

SAP WM (SAP Warehouse Management): Warehouse Management

  • Use of 2D barcode
  • Autom. transportation unit creation + RFID tag assignment
  • ITSmobile for putaway, picking, physical stock-take and loading control
  • Customs processing
  • Express service provider cockpit


SAP VAS (SAP Value-Added Services): Special processes

  • Integrative QM solution for GR
  • Fitting room area (QA) with autom. supply/collection
  • Radio frequency-assisted application of price labels and security tags
  • Autom. supply to/collection from VAS area
  • Quality assurance


SAP TRM (SAP Task and Resource Management): Material flow control

  • Hanging item/conveyor system control, matrix sorter
  • Coordination of conveyor control elements and buffer lanes
  • Calculation of transportation-specific loading sequences
  • True-to-life PLC emulation with GUI
Key Facts



  • Hanging items depot with 37 km of conveyor systems (capacity for 1.35 million items over 5 storeys)
  • GR and GI each handle 100,000 hanging items per day
  • 5 GR gates, each with 5 buffer lanes
  • Putaway buffer area: 12,000 items on a 425-metre buffer lane
  • 2 matrix sorters with 8 pre-buffer lanes and each with 2 sorting stages and 42 exit channels Approx. 5,000 items per sorter/per hour
  • 2 single baggers incl. shipping label applicator, 11 buffer lanes for dynamic allocation
  • 5 garment unit baggers (+1 optional) incl. shipping label applicator, 17 buffer lanes for dynamic allocation
  • 3 Value-Added Service areas, each with 3 work centres and 20 buffer lanes, RF-assisted
  • 3 buffer lanes for QA
  • Packing: total of 15 work centres for packaging of hanging and flat items
  • Goods issue buffer: 67 manuals puffer lanes, length 17 m; 35 automated buffer lanes
  • Goods issue – shipping: 11 gates, each with 5 buffer lanes, length 13 m

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