May 17, 2020

DB Schenker's largest logistics centre in Japan

DB Schenker
Supply Chain
Freddie Pierce
2 min
The Baraki Logistics Center
DB Schenker is expanding its Contract Logistics business in Japan. The logistics supremo DB Schenker has opened its to date largest logistics centre in...

DB Schenker is expanding its Contract Logistics business in Japan.

The logistics supremo DB Schenker has opened its to date largest logistics centre in Japan. It is located at Baraki, only 25 kilometers away from central Tokyo next to the Wangan Expressway.

The Baraki Logistics Centre with a total area of 33,000 square meters is a multi-customer facility, while a major portion of the available space is reserved for products and parts of the electronics industry. The building should be fully occupied by March 2014.

Location, seismic engineering, environmental technologies with 2,940 solar panels on the roof, a rainwater purification system and LED lighting which will help to save 30 percent energy, and 24 hours security service make the building attractive to customers from various industries.

By applying principles like 5S/POP (permanent optimization program) and providing optimal work conditions in the integrated offices for the employees, the new logistics centre will help the company to further improve its high quality services.

To prove the high standards of quality management, environmental care and work conditions the warehouse is expected to get TAPA-A certification by the end of 2013 and ISO 9001, ISO 140001 as well as OHAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) by summer 2014.

About DB Schenker in Japan

Schenker-Seino Co., Ltd., the Japanese arm of DB Schenker, combines the global network and knowhow of DB Schenker with the domestic state-of-the-art infrastructure of Seino Transport and is one of the major integrated logistics service providers in Japan.

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines


  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.

Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries


  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 

Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals


  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.

Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages


  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 

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