DB Schenker opens new warehouse in Singapore worth 101-million-euros

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DB Schenker has started operations at the Red Lion warehouse in Singapore, a regional hub for automated high-speed logistics. It is worth €101 million and the single largest investment in any site globally in Schenker’s corporate history. The facility is strategically located in the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS) at Changi Airport.

With the opening, DB Schenker reinforces its commitment to the city state as the booming gateway to the Asia Pacific region and celebrates its 50th anniversary in the ‘Lion City’.

Jochen Thewes, DB Schenker’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “DB Schenker further strengthens its position among the world’s leading logistic service providers for the APAC region. Our new logistics hub makes us even faster and more reliable for our customers. 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.”

Red Lion solidifies Schenker’s position in Singapore. Combined, the mechanised air freight hub and contract logistics warehouse extends over 51,400 sq mt on five floors. A next generation Warehouse Management System and a synchronised IT platform bridging the various automation enables Red Lion to increase warehouse productivity by up to 100% compared to manual processes, and to reduce lead time for customers by 40% compared to non-integrated facilities.

Incoming freight is processed through a ball deck, which increases speed and eases handling. Pallet lifters then move freight to the automated warehouse with Very Narrow Aisles (VNA) to optimise capacity. The multi-shuttle and carton live storage systems are complemented by Goods-to-Person (GTP) and Pick-To-Light technologies, conveyor systems, and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Red Lion is also the first warehouse to offer an in-house designed robotic labelling system, which utilises 3D-vision technology and three robotic arms to apply labels in multiple languages on products of varying sizes, shapes, and configurations.

Moreover, the building was built with sustainability and the surrounding environment in mind; it has 1,440 photovoltaic solar panels, along with other sustainability features, enabling energy savings of 34%. Thus, Red Lion is certified with the Green Mark Platinum label by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore as well as the LEED Gold Standard.

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