multi-user ware­house DHL opens sec­ond fa­cil­ity in Delhi

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t his is the sec­ond launch re­lated to their ven­ture for multi-user ware­hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The new Luhari fa­cil­ity is a demon­stra­tion of DHL’s on­go­ing in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment pro­gramme in the coun­try. Built to world­class stan­dards with state-of-the art fea­tures, cus­tomised to suit spe­cific re­quire­ments of cus­tomers, the fa­cil­ity can con­sol­i­date, store ship­ments and re-dis­trib­ute them to sev­eral dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels in the re­gion. Ini­tially, the fa­cil­ity is to cater to its cus­tomer P&G In­dia. “The ware­house de­sign is for a multi-cus­tomer site in terms of height, floor strength and docks. How­ever, for the cap­i­tal in­vest­ments done within the ware­house in terms of rack­ing, shelv­ing, reach trucks, BOPT, RF Guns and con­vey­ors and some other ser­vices, we have done spe­cific in­vest­ments to cater to P&G re­quire­ments. So the cur­rent so­lu­tion is tai­lor-made for this com­pany. When we mi­grate an­other cus­tomer there, we shall re­view the so­lu­tion fit and have in­vest­ments in Capex ac­cord­ingly,” Anand in­formed.

The fa­cil­ity is de­signed with im­proved in­fra­struc­ture, which in­cludes con­tin­u­ous-load­ing docks and dock-lev­ellers, state-ofthe-art rack­ing and traf­fic man­age­ment for seam­less flow, ad­vanced ma­te­rial-han­dling equip­ment such as a tele­scopic con­veyor, RF tech­nol­ogy for bar­code scan­ning and in­te­grated IT so­lu­tions with ware­house man­age­ment sys­tems (WMS).

The ware­house is fa­cil­i­tated with pri­mary and backup high-band­width Multi-Pro­to­col Label Switch­ing (MPLS) con­nec­tiv­ity. Ad­di­tion­ally, the site uses green tech­nol­ogy like LED light­ing, nat­u­ral light­ing and wind-as­sisted ven­ti­la­tion.

Presently, the ware­house has a ca­pac­ity to han­dle more than 400 ftl per day. It can store var­i­ous prod­ucts in­clud­ing re­lated to con­sumer, tech­nol­ogy and re­tail. Anand made it clear that cur­rently, the com­pany has no plans to store per­ish­ables in this ware­house. “Yes, pharma is part of the plan. We have set up a pharma hub within Re­cently, DHL Sup­ply Chain launched its new multi-user ware­house at Luhari in Delhi with an in­vest­ment of ` 65 crore. Spread across 320,000 sq ft, this fa­cil­ity is aimed to meet the grow­ing cus­tomer de­mands from the con­sumer, re­tail and au­to­mo­tive sec­tors.

Vikas Anand, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, DHL Sup­ply Chain In­dia, pro­vides de­tails about the na­ture of the ware­house. the Mum­bai MCS al­ready and pharma cus­tomers are al­ready us­ing that site,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Anand, in the long run, DHL’s multi-user ware­houses shall also act as its trans­port hubs. “We are set­ting up con­trol tow­ers equipped with trans­port man­age­ment sys­tems (TMS), net­work op­ti­mi­sa­tion tools and cube-util­i­sa­tion tools. Our strat­egy is to pro­mote ‘carry more for less’, which means that we shall pro­vide so­lu­tions lead­ing to op­ti­mum rout­ing, bet­ter ve­hi­cle util­i­sa­tion, and op­ti­mised ve­hi­cle size en­sur­ing we carry more freight for our cus­tomers at lower costs.

the goal is gst With the im­pend­ing in­tro­duc­tion of GST, DHL Sup­ply Chain has in­vested in this large-scale shared fa­cil­ity with mul­ti­ple users at Luhari, to as­sist cor­po­rate en­ti­ties in Gur­gaon and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Anand pointed out that sim­pli­fy­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion net­work and merg­ing smaller ware­houses to re­gional cen­tres will re­sult in economies of scale be­ing gen­er­ated. Ware­house lo­ca­tions will no longer need to be fixed, de­pend­ing upon Cen­tral Sales Tax con­straints, but will be de­cided based on de­mand and sup­ply pat­terns, cen­tre of grav­ity, long-term lo­gis­ti­cal and real-es­tate con­sid­er­a­tions.

(L-R) Vikas Anand, COO – DHL Sup­ply Chain In­dia along with the P&G Man­age­ment team - San­jay Bard­han - In­dia Ware­hous­ing Leader, Ed Hunter - Vice Pres­i­dent, Asia PS, Sam Gar­cia, Di­rec­tor – Prod­uct Sup­ply, Fab­ric & Home Care, Atreya Sarkar- In­dia Lo­gis­tics Leader and Jerome Gil­let, Vice Pres­i­dent, Con­sumer & Pack­ag­ing - Asia Pa­cific at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of DSC’s multi-client site at Luhari, Delhi.

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