DHL Supply Chain opens cutting edge Singapore facility

This is the first of its kind deployed by DHL globally and creates a model for the future of warehousing in land-scarce countries and dense cities where land availability is limited and expensive.


Advanced Regional Center APIC ARC Deutsche Post DHL Group DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Center DHL Supply Chain Frank Appel


DHL Supply Chain, a global leader for contract logistics solutions, recently launched its Advanced Regional Center (ARC) in Singapore . Built at an investment of more than S$160 million (US$116.8 million), the new 90,000 sqm facility features an $18.8 million multi-customer automation system featuring advanced robotics.

The pioneering system allows customers to enjoy the benefits of automation solution without the need for significant capital investment. The technological enhancement uses 130 robotic shuttles to pick and store products from 72,000 locations spread across 26 levels, improving picking efficiency by 20 per cent and utilising 40 per cent less space than conventional warehousing operations.

This is the first of its kind deployed by DHL globally and creates a model for the future of warehousing in land-scarce countries and dense cities where land availability is limited and expensive.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore (3rd from left) and Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL (3rd from right) and DHL Supply Chain Senior Executives at the DHL Supply Chain Advanced Regional Centre Launch. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore (3rd from left) and Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL (3rd from right) and DHL Supply Chain Senior Executives at the DHL Supply Chain Advanced Regional Centre Launch.

“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 per cent 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 Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group.