multi-user warehouse DHL opens second facility in Delhi
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.