On April 19, 2016 DHL Supply Chain has launched its new Advanced Regional Center (ARC) in Singapore. The new EUR 90 million, 90,000 m² warehouse includes a EUR 10.6 million automation system which features advanced robotics. This system allows customers to benefit from the 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 picking by 20 percent and utilizing 40 percent less space than conventional warehousing operations.
The facility is the first of its kind deployed by DHL and is a model for future warehousing in land-scarce countries and dense cities, where land availability is limited and expensive.
As a multi-customer facility, the Advanced Regional Center also offers customer-specific solutions to cater to specific industry needs. For example, the facility boasts clean rooms for Life Sciences & Healthcare businesses, specialized infrastructure for aerospace operations and customized storage solutions for managing service parts for technology customers.
The ARC facility built according to the highest industry standards was given the Gold Status-award for its energy concept and environmentally-friendly design. Moreover the company has implanted safety measures according to global TAPA standards.
The ARC houses also the DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Center – the first DHL Innovation Center outside Germany and a joint project with the Singapore Economic Development Board. The Innovation Center was opened in 2015 and shows future technology for logistics. This is the first centre of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.