HAVI is experiencing significant growth. The distributor, which already has locations in the Lower Austrian town of Korneuburg and Vomp in Tyrol, opened another warehouse in Großebersdorf, Vienna in April 2019. Items are stored here in three temperature zones: dry, fresh and deep-freeze sections in a space totalling just 9,000 square meters. Alongside fresh, highly perishable foods, the logistics provider also supplies household-name restaurants such as McDonald’s, Vapiano, Nordsee and BackWerk with frozen products and non-food items. “From fresh fish and salad through to tomatoes and burger buns to frozen meat patties, plus food packaging, serviettes and hygiene and cleaning products,” explains Stefan Janoschek, Special Projects Manager DACH at HAVI. The company also develops highly innovative and sustainable packaging solutions and helps its customers optimise their supply chains. HAVI draws upon big data analysis to forecast sales volumes in real time and adjusts the stores’ delivery quantities – so that restaurants receive the right number of chilled and fresh goods on time.
McDonald’s is HAVI Logistics’ biggest customer by far. In Austria alone, the logistics specialist currently delivers to over 195 of the world-famous chain’s restaurants – up to three times a week. “You can imagine just how much planning this takes and the level of logistics required,” emphasises Christoph Riedel, who is responsible for Facility Management at HAVI in Korneuburg. “Provisioning operations need to run smoothly and, most importantly, there cannot be any interruption to the cold chain.” Quality and customer satisfaction are the company’s top priorities.