DHL Supply Chain to invest 173 million in logistics infrastructure in China
DHL Supply Chain has announced it will commit a further £90 million in China as its strategy gains traction. This is on the back of £83 million that was committed in 2013, bringing the total committed to £173 million.
The funds will support the expansion of its network across China and in particular, six additional state-of-the-art logistics facilities scheduled for completion by 2020. The confirmed locations are Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Shenzhen and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone.
Oscar de Bok, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific, said: "DHL Supply Chain is on a strong growth path in Asia Pacific. China is a key driver and our strategy is gaining traction. Regardless of location, our customers expect consistency of service delivery and operation execution.
“By working closely with our customers who provide us with their demand forecast, we have a clear roadmap of the locations we need to be in; as well as the level of the services required. In China alone, DSC will expand its warehouse facilities and transport capacities by 50 percent over the next three years."
DHL recently opened its state-of-the art Chengdu Logistics Centre facility in western China. Located in Xindu district, the Chengdu Logistics Centre is a key strategic investment by DHL Supply Chain to support continued economic growth in the western region.
The 54,000 sqm centre operates scalable, repeatable solutions for multiple customers across a broad spectrum of industries including technology, consumer and healthcare; and delivers significant synergy benefits in terms of cost, quality and performance. The new facility also acts as a multi-user cross-dock to support the effective and efficient transportation of products across the Western region.
Zou Yin, Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain China said, "Helping companies navigate China's vast geography and varied terrain to deliver their goods safely, efficiently and cost effectively has been the holy grail of the logistics industry.
“With the continued build out of our pan-China infrastructure, technology investments and extensive transport network, DHL Supply Chain is better positioned to contribute towards China's goal of reducing the cost of logistics and reinforce the competitiveness of Chinese businesses. This also enables us service our multinational and Chinese customer better.”
New facilities have been introduced in the Tier 1 cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, while the roll-out of DHL Supply Chain cross-docks has been accelerated across China to allow the transfer of cargo with minimal warehousing.
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UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation
Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government.
More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk.
“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”
Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors.
"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."
UK Supply Chains Under Strain
The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus.
It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals.
Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”