Bw Bekleidungsmanagement Takes on Overall Responsibility
In May, a new German government-owned company, Bw Bekleidungsmanagement (BWBM) emerged as the sole contractor for the procurement, storage, distribution, cleaning and maintenance of clothing and personal equipment for both soldiers and civilian employees of the Bundeswehr – all 200,000 of them.
Providing its customer with security of supply, BWBM has a staff of some 1,300 and a vision statement that commits it: “We manage the clothing of the German Armed Forces – reliably, simply and quickly.” Its four core values address the principles of security of supply; cost-effectiveness (providing the right product at the right time, at the right place, in the right quality, in the right amount, at the right price); quality (with certified quality management systems compliant with both DIN and AQAP standards); and attractiveness – reconciling comfort, flexibility and functionality.
BWBM secures supply of the German Armed Forces with clothing and personal equipment in three segments: Fiscal supply (outfitting of the recruits and employees of all agencies in Germany via fixed and mobile service centres and service points); partial self-outfitters and self-outfitters (provision of uniform and sports clothing for NCOs and officers via ‘bricks and mortar’ shops and a web shop); and NBC materials management (outfitting of NBC defence units in line with the Bundeswehr’s specifications). To guarantee the supply, BWBM operates its own logistics system, with several large warehouse and transport systems.
“We are working intensively on restructuring the organisation processes,” Uwe Schmack, the new company’s CEO, explains. His colleague Stephan Minz, BWBM’s CFO, who is responsible for the commercial management, adds “Working processes are to become more efficient, responsibilities are to become clearer. This applies both to internal processes and to our collaboration with our business partners and with our customer.” In the current period of transition and re-establishment, BWBM wants to be transparent about creating trust internally and externally and fostering identity.