April 19, 2016: DHL Supply Chain establishes its Advanced Regional Center (ARC) in Singapore. Built at an investment of more than EUR 90 million, the new 90,000 sqm warehouse includes a EUR 10.6 million multi-customer automation system featuring advanced robotics.
The technological enhancement uses 130 robotic shuttles to pick and store products from 72,000 locations spread across 26 levels, improving picking efficiency picking by 20 percent and utilising 40 percent less space than conventional warehousing operations.
"As an organisation our spirit thrives on a hunger for new knowledge and innovations that we can bring to customers to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. 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 Center offer a ready model of innovations that reduce complexity, improve accuracy and maximise opportunities for productivity gains," said Dr. Frank Appel, chief executive officer, Deutsche Post DHL Group.
The facility meets specific industry needs. It boasts clean rooms for Life Sciences & Healthcare businesses, specialised infrastructure for aerospace operations and customised storage solutions for managing service parts for technology customers.
The facility has been awarded 'gold status' for its energy and environmental design. The company has also implemented robust security measures that are in accordance with global TAPA standards.
"We've seen swift take up from multinational companies using the Advanced Regional Center 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, Asia Pacific, DHL Supply Chain.