DB Schenker’s Singapore warehouse begins operations

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DB Schenker started the operation of a globally leading regional hub for automated high-speed logistics. Worth EUR 101 million, the Red Lion warehouse in Singapore is the single largest investment in any site globally in Schenker’s corporate history. Strategically located in the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS) at Changi Airport, the site sets a new standard in combining the world’s most advanced technological developments with the highest levels of sustainable warehouse management for its customers. 

Jochen Thewes, DB Schenker’s chief executive officer said, “DB Schenker further strengthens its position among the world’s leading logistic service providers for the APAC region. Our new logistics hub makes us even faster and more reliable for our customers. The record investment in Red Lion marks an unparalleled milestone for our corporate history of almost 150 years. We are happy and proud to reinforce our commitment to Singapore as the heart of our logistics operations in Asia.”

Red Lion solidifies Schenker’s position in Singapore as the largest and most advanced third-party logistics provider in the ALPS. Combined, the mechanized air freight hub and contract logistics warehouse extend over 51,400 square meters on five floors, equal to the size of seven soccer fields. A next generation Warehouse Management System and a synchronized IT platform bridging the various automations enable Red Lion to increase warehouse productivity by up to 100 percent compared to manual processes, and to reduce lead time for customers by 40 percent compared to non-integrated facilities.

Incoming freight is processed through a ball deck, which increases speed and eases handling. Pallet lifters then move freight to the automated warehouse with Very Narrow Aisles (VNA) to optimize capacity. The multi-shuttle and carton live storage systems are complemented by Goods-to-Person (GTP) and Pick-To-Light technologies, conveyor systems, and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

Red Lion is also the first warehouse to offer an in-house designed robotic labeling system, which utilizes 3D-vision technology and three robotic arms to apply labels in multiple languages on products of varying sizes, shapes, and configurations. David Christmas, APAC Contract Logistics Board Member at DB Schenker said, “Our new warehouse is a record-breaking facility full of technological and digital innovations. It is designed to serve customers with requirements for short lead times and high throughput. Our robotics will revolutionize product labelling. With our automation novelties, we are paving the way for our continuous journey in contract logistics toward a fully digital supply chain.”

Moreover, the building recognizes Schenker’s commitment to promote sustainable development and environmental protection. 1,440 photovoltaic solar panels, along with other sustainability features, enable energy savings of 34 percent. Thus, Red Lion is certified with the Green Mark Platinum label by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore as well as the LEED Gold Standard.

Schenker’s first branch in Singapore was set up in 1970. Since then, the business has seen tremendous growth, with the number of locations in the city state rising to 13, including DB Schenker’s regional head office for APAC. Schenker Singapore meets changing customer demands in the evolving logistics landscapes through innovations, consistency in quality, and competences in key sectors such as semiconductor, healthcare, aerospace, high-tech and consumer goods.

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