DHL Supply Chain to integrate Eaton’s major distribution centres

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(L-r) Karsten Schwarz (CEO, DHL Supply Chain Germany & Alps), Frank Campbell (president, Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, Corporate and Electrical Sector, Eaton), Oscar De Bok (CEO, DHL Supply Chain Mainland Europe, Middle East & Africa) and Klaus Gäb (vice president, Supply Chain and Operational Excellence, Eaton EMEA).
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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, UK and 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, DHL Supply Chain Mainland Europe, Middle East & Africa. “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,” he said.

In Rheinbach, Germany, a new building is being planned which 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.

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, DHL Supply Chain Germany and Alps adds. “The new facility will not only provide a significant increase in 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 (DGNB) and will be built to achieve the silver certificate of the association.

“DHL is very experienced in warehousing and distribution as well as supply chain solutions and we can help with their environmental focus and drive energy efficiency by applying Eaton’s power management technologies to their facilities. It’s a very interesting partnership where we support each other’s growth while we keep focused on our core businesses,” says Eaton’s Klaus Gaeb, vice president, Supply Chain and Operational Excellence, EMEA.

As DHL already has a significant footprint in Europe, this revised distribution approach would also provide strong future prospects to the majority of distribution center employees from Eaton covered by this agreement, who have been given the opportunity to join DHL following the completion process.

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