Once a distribution for publishers — now a modern, diversified logistics service company

1974 — the beginning


For two cen­turies, scores and books on music of the Schott pub­lish­ing pro­gramme had been deliv­ered direct­ly from the publisher’s head office in down­town Mainz to cus­tomers through­out the world. Grad­u­al­ly, the pub­lish­ing house became more and more suc­cess­ful and the pub­lish­ing cat­a­logue more and more com­pre­hen­sive so that in the ear­ly 1970s the man­age­ment looked for premis­es that would be suit­able for set­ting up a dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­tre. Even­tu­al­ly, an area of land was pur­chased in the then new­ly devel­oped indus­tri­al park of Mainz-Hecht­sheim which was large enough to allow space for future expan­sion.

Expansion of warehouse and distribution area

In the 1990s, the devel­op­ment of the music dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­tre even sped up so that it was nec­es­sary to enlarge the dis­tri­b­u­tion facil­i­ties by a pal­let high-bay ware­house as well as expand the stor­age area and reor­gan­ise the dis­patch depart­ment. In the mean­time, it was not just Schott’s stock that was dis­trib­uted, but also mate­r­i­al from oth­er pub­lish­ing part­ners under the brand SMD – Schott Music Dis­tri­b­u­tion. At the begin­ning of the new mil­len­ni­um the man­age­ment decid­ed to con­tin­ue invest­ing in the expan­sion of the dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­tre. Pal­let rack­ing became nec­es­sary, along with a big­ger ware­hous­ing facil­i­ty and a new­ly designed dis­tri­b­u­tion area. Major invest­ments were made in mod­ern con­vey­or sys­tems and future-ori­ent­ed ware­house and dis­tri­b­u­tion logis­tics. To ensure that our busi­ness part­ners and cus­tomers could eas­i­ly reach our cus­tomer ser­vice team, a call cen­tre was set up. All these invest­ments had become nec­es­sary for us to be able to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ser­vice to our busi­ness part­ners and cus­tomers.

Founding of mds


On 1st July 2004, the pub­lish­er dis­tri­b­u­tion was found­ed as an inde­pen­dent lim­it­ed com­pa­ny under the name “mds – music dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vices”. Oth­er pub­lish­er cat­a­logues from home and abroad were wel­comed, and along with arti­cles on a con­sign­ment basis from pub­lish­ing part­ners, oth­er arti­cles were added to the mds dis­tri­b­u­tion port­fo­lio such as music acces­sories, audio­books, man­u­script paper and CDs. Nowa­days, around 100,000 titles from more than 100 music pub­lish­ing hous­es are con­sol­i­dat­ed via mds and sent to cus­tomers all over the world.

Enlargement of industry portfolio


New dis­tri­b­u­tion agree­ments signed with busi­ness part­ners of var­i­ous branch­es reflect mds‘ con­tin­u­ous growth strat­e­gy and its ambi­tion to inte­grate, nur­ture and lever­age oth­er brands. Thanks to our many years of expe­ri­ence in pub­lish­er logis­tics, with a focus on ware­house man­age­ment of small items, we can sup­ply a flex­i­ble infra­struc­ture, mul­ti-ware­house IT sys­tems, staff, cus­tomer and pay­ment man­age­ment as well as expert know-how to ful­ly sup­port all oper­a­tions with a ful­fill­ment solu­tion, allow­ing cus­tomers to focus on the front-end of their busi­ness rather than the logis­tics. Today, mds is one of the lead­ing providers of inte­grat­ed logis­tics ser­vices in Europe, and a val­ued part­ner of numer­ous nation­al and inter­na­tion­al busi­ness­es out of dif­fer­ent indus­try branch­es, offer­ing seam­less logis­tics solu­tions.