Thursday, June 21, 2012

DHL opens Jakarta warehouse to meet high tech growth expectations


DHL Supply Chain, a provider of contract logistics solutions, has opened a new US$2.3 million multi-user warehouse in Cililitan, East Jakarta, to meet anticipated growth from the technology sector and pursue an ongoing plan to improve its facilities in Indonesia.

This development follows last year's announcement by the government of plans to develop the country's hi-tech electronics industry.

The company's managing director for Indonesia Abdul Rahim Tahir said: "With anticipated investment coming into the consumer electronics and information technology sector, DHL Supply Chain Indonesia expects an increase in requirements from our existing and new customers from this industry. We want to be ready to take this on."

The new 17,000-square metre warehouse utilises operational processes from loading docks and dock levellers, to RFID technology for barcode scanning, to accelerate delivery time to customers. Operational processes have been optimised to improve efficiency by 20 per cent and reduce costs. The facility is expected to handle 75,000 spare part units per month.

Complementing the five existing multi-user warehouses in the Jabodetabek area, the new facility consolidates and stores shipments before re-distributing them to 300 locations in the area. The other warehouses are mostly used to service clients in the automotive, retail, consumer and industrial sectors. Together this network forms a total combined warehouse space of 60,000 square metres in the East Jakarta area.

Oscar de Bok, DHL chief executive officer for south and southeast Asia added: "Indonesia's strong economic performance has positively impacted the logistics industry here with reports estimating it to grow 4.2 per cent to IDR1.4 trillion (US$153 billion) this year. With this expansion plan in place, we are confident in our ability to take on this growth."