DHL invests $50 million in new Japanese logistics hub

By Freddie Pierce
DHL Supply Chain is beginning the construction of its new logistics center in Sagamihara, Japan this month, in the start of a comprehensive $50 million...

DHL Supply Chain is beginning the construction of its new logistics center in Sagamihara, Japan this month, in the start of a comprehensive $50 million investment plan set to span over the next 10 years.

The new centre located in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a ‘stepping stone to further business expansion’, according to DHL, which plans to expand its total warehousing space in Japan by approximately 20 percent.

The building, which has a target completion date of March 2014, will be a multi-user hub facility with the warehousing area of approximately 44,000 sqm. DHL plans to use the facility to apply its global best practices and know-how to the Japanese market, using its expertise in the consumer retail industry to offer businesses in Japan advice on the quality, speed and efficiency in logistics services.

The site is close to National Route No.16 and the Sagamihara Interchange of the Keno Expressway (Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway, to be completed in FY2013 – FY2014), offering superior access to Japan's largest commercial zone, the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as to airports and port facilities. With close proximity to the Ebina Interchange of the Tomei Expressway, the facility is also well-located for convenient distribution to western Japan. It is strategically located to maximize convenience for many customers in the consumer retail sector, including fashion and apparel, as well as the manufacturing sector, which requires efficient access to the metropolitan area and markets in central and western Japan.

DHL Supply Chain North Asia CEO Victor Mok said, "With Asia’s influence becoming more and more evident in the world economy, the consumer retail industry is placing a growing emphasis on conquering the Asian market. This investment reflects DHL's market superiority and confidence in its future growth potential. DHL will continue to provide services of the world's highest level in various markets."

Shuichi Kawamura, President of DHL Supply Chain Japan said, "The consumer retail industry involves fast-paced changes in market demand, and therefore has no time to waste in product introduction. For this reason, it is one of the industries that benefit from the strengths of the DHL Supply Chain, which boasts a global network of the world's largest scale and process under advanced quality control. As a leading company in 3PL, we will continue to deliver supply chain solutions that go one step ahead of customer needs so as to assist our customers' business and achieve further growth together."

Share

Featured Articles

Q&A with Ivalua’s Global Head of Manufacturing Sundar Kamak

We chat to Ivalua’s Sundar Kamak about how manufacturers can tackle ongoing supply chain disruptions through risk management and digital transformation

e2open drives supply chain efficiency and agility

We speak to e2open’s Lori Harner, AVP of Product Marketing, about the global platform that’s using technology to transform the connected supply chain

Advancing the digital supply chain with strategic sourcing

As supply chain disruptions continue, strategic sourcing is one way companies can enhance sustainability, resilience and drive digital transformation

Microchip technology, from creation to supply chain shortage

Digital Supply Chain

Improving supply chain management with IoT technology

Digital Supply Chain

News round-up: supply chain, risk management, and logistics

Supply Chain Risk Management