With its modern and efficient Red Lion warehouse and transshipment hub in Singapore, DB Schenker has ushered in a new era for logistics services. The hub in the Southeast Asian city-state is the most modern and efficient of its kind in the region. “The state-of-the-art hub is future-orientated, featuring the latest technology in warehouse automation, and will enable us to achieve high-speed distribution to the fast-growing Asian market.” says DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thews. Fully automated processes ensure a tremendous pace. Linking air freight and contract logistics speeds up handling for customers from the high-tech, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and electronics industries.
Jochen Thewes, CEO DB Schenker
“We are happy and proud to reinforce our commitment to Singapore as the heart of our logistics operations in Asia”
50 years of presence in Singapore
Singapore is a particularly important hub in Southeast Asia. DB Schenker has been represented in the city-state since 1970 – today with 13 sites. The logistics specialist is rapidly expanding its presence. With the new facility, the company is making one of the largest investments in its history: DB Schenker is investing 101 million euros in the hub in the Airport Logistics Park in Singapore (ALPS). The record investment in Red Lion marks an unparalleled milestone for our corporate history of almost 150 years. We are happy and proud to reinforce our commitment to Singapore as the heart of our logistics operations in Asia”, says Thewes. “Our new logistics hub makes us even faster and more reliable for our customers.”
Efficient processes cut the lead time in half
The efficiency of the new warehouse is enormous. The facility covers more than 51,400 square meters on five floors. A newly developed warehouse management system and a synchronized IT platform combine the various automation technologies. Compared to manual processes, the productivity of the warehouse increases by up to 100 percent. In addition, it is not only the location in the free trade zone that accelerates the dispatch of goods. The integration of air freight and contract logistics at one location can cut the lead time for customers by almost half. David Christmas, APAC Contract Logistics Board Member at DB Schenker: “Our new warehouse is a record-breaking facility full of technological and digital innovations. It is designed to serve customers with requirements for short lead times and high throughput.
Incoming freight is handled via a ball deck and automatically stored and processed. A multi-shuttle system, goods-to-person, and pick-to-light technologies as well as conveyor belt systems and autonomous transport vehicles ensure high efficiency. Autonomous narrow aisle forklifts make optimal use of the storage capacities.
DB Schenker is also using a self-developed labeling system for the first time: three robot arms mark products of various sizes, shapes, and configurations with the help of 3D vision technology.
Decisive acceleration of deliver
This enables the logistics specialist to significantly accelerate clearance. It used to take up to six and a half hours to process cargo for the onward flight, now it’s only two and a half. That is enough to reach a night flight in case of doubt and to transport the goods to the customer early the following day. This can be crucial for a customer who is urgently waiting for their freight. Our robotics will revolutionize product labelling. With our automation novelties, we are paving the way for our continuous journey in contract logistics toward a fully digital supply chain”, says Contract Logistics Board Member Christmas.
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The Red Lion warehouse is environmentally friendly
DB Schenker is also committed to sustainability. Here, too, the Red Lion is pioneering: 1,440 photovoltaic solar panels and other sustainability features enable energy savings of up to 34 percent. For this, the warehouse complex has already been awarded the Green Mark Platinum label by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore and Gold Certification from LEED. „With the opening of Red Lion we are setting standards in the industry for the creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly warehouses“, says DB Schenker CEO Thewes.