DHL Supply Chain to create and manage Eaton's European distribution centres

By James Henderson
DHL Supply Chain has signed a long-term agreement with the global power management company Eaton to create and manage three distribution centres for the...

DHL Supply Chain has signed a long-term agreement with the global power management company Eaton to create and manage three distribution centres for their Electrical business in Europe.

Over the next few years, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group will consolidate Eaton’s major standalone distribution centre capabilities throughout Europe into three high-performing and integrated primary distribution centres.

These will be located in Germany, in the UK and in the Czech Republic, where the current DHL managed distribution centre will be expanded.

“Eaton has been a valued partner for years and we are delighted to further intensify our collaboration,” said Oscar de Bok, CEO Mainland Europe, Middle East & Africa, DHL Supply Chain.

“Based on DHL Supply Chain’s broad expertise in devising integrated supply chain solutions, we developed the Rheinbach concept for a full warehouse consolidation, starting with planning, construction, fit out and full automation to the initial setup and operation.”

In Rheinbach, Germany, a new building is planned that will serve Eaton’s customers in Western Europe. The green field construction is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter 2017, with DHL storing and distributing different electric components such as switch cabinets, fuses and control devices in the new warehouse after its completion in 2018.

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The goal is to create a more efficient warehousing concept enabled by a fully automated solution and thereby reducing overall run times to meet increased customer demand.

“Providing tailored contract logistics solutions is one of our globally proven strengths and the newly to be constructed warehousing solution will help Eaton to prepare its business for a successful future,” Karsten Schwarz, CEO Germany and Alps, DHL Supply Chain, said.

“The new facility will not only provide a significant increase of productivity due to its innovative set up but also demonstrates DHL’s commitment to the wider Bonn region.”

As both DHL and Eaton have a strong commitment for sustainability with corresponding goals, the new warehousing site is to comply with the standards of the German Society for Sustainable Construction and will be built to achieve the silver certificate of the association.

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