DHL Freight opens largest parcel hub in Czech Republic
· Professional Parcel logistics, a DHL Freight subsidiary, expands its parcel capabilities in Eastern Europe
· Investment of 24.7 million Euros for state of the art facility capable of handling up to 18,000 parcels per hour
Professional Parcel Logistics (PPL), a subsidiary of DHL Freight, opened its new parcel hub in the Czech Republic recently.
The new facility is located in Rícany-Jazlovice and serves as the new central hub for parcel shipments and as a regional depot for the area east of Prague and Central Bohemia.
Stefano Arganese, Chief Executive Officer for DHL Freight Central Eastern Southern Europe and Americas, Middle East and Africa, said: "The need for a bigger and better parcel hub was driven by a continuous growth of B2B and B2C parcel shipments in recent years.
“The new capacity and the cutting edge sorting technology allow us to cope with the growing volume of shipments and strengthen our position as a market leader for fast shipments in the Czech Republic.”
The facility is situated in the logistically advantageous location Rícany-Jazlovice, very close to Highway D1.
Compared to the former hub, hourly capacity of sorted shipments rose from four thousand to fourteen thousand parcels per hour and even up to eighteen thousand shipments per hour when merged with the depot´s sorting technology.
There are over 190 loading and unloading ramps for trucks and vans available.
The roller conveyer reaches a length of almost 3 km with a maximum speed of 3 meters per second.
The total investment amounted to 24.7 million EUR for an area as big as 50,000 square meters, including 12,000 square meters of warehouses, depot buildings and administration.
By opening the new central hub, DHL Freight and PPL aim to offer their customers an even faster and more flexible and reliable service than ever.
Together with the broad range of products and services the new facility is supposed to significantly strengthen the company’s leading position on the parcel market.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
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”.