DHL Supply Chain-a contract logistics solutions provider-has opened its Advance Regional Centre (ARC) in Singapore on Tuesday (19 April 2016).
The 90,000 square metres facility cost more than S$160 million, and features an S$18.8 million multi-customer automation system which includes advanced robotics.
"We see the Asian region as a swift adopter of technologies for enhanced productivity and efficiency. By 2020, Asia will constitute 30 percent of our total revenue. Facilities like the Advanced Regional Centre offer a ready model of innovations that reduce complexity, improve accuracy and maximise opportunities for productivity gains," said Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
The ARC uses 130 robotic shuttles to pick and store products from 72,000 locations spread across 26 levels. This technological enhancement improves picking efficiency by 20 percent and utilises space 40 percent less space than conventional warehousing operations.
The DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Centre (APIC)-which is DHL's first innovation centre outside of Germany and a joint development with Singapore Economic Development Board-is co-located within the ARC. The APIC was launched in 2015 to showcase futuristic technologies for logistics services in APAC.
The ARC offers solutions to specific industry needs. For example, the facility has rooms for Life Sciences & Healthcare businesses, specialised infrastructure for aerospace operations and customised storage solutions for managing service parts for technology customers.
"We've seen swift take up from multinational companies using the ARC as their regional or global logistics hub. It also includes a multi-customer automated solution - solutions like this have previously shown within DHL to provide a space optimisation of up to 40 percent and substantial productivity improvements, and are especially useful for customers with high value, fast moving goods which need to be processed in high volumes on a daily basis, ensuring speed, accuracy and security. By providing this solution in a multi-customer environment, it uniquely opens these types of solutions and advantages to a wider customer base. The system is modular in design and can be expanded depending on customer needs," said Oscar de Bok , Chief Executive Officer in Asia Pacific of DHL Supply Chain.
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