DHL Supply Chain invests $150 million in warehouse robotics across Australian fulfilment centres

by Liv Croagh
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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there’s been a global supply chain issue. DHL has announced today its investment in warehouse robotics to help the issue on home ground.

DHL Supply Chain has invested $150 million in the deployment of 1000 robots by 2025, promising to support more efficient and effective supply chains. The announcement also coincides with the Australian workforce for DHL scoped to grow over the next two years with this expansion. This investment is the largest in robotics across Asia-Pacific by the global market leader.

Oscar de Bok, chief executive officer at DHL Supply Chain, spoke about the monumental investment “This is a very exciting announcement, reinforcing our commitment to the Australian market and continuous technological innovation. Global supply chains have been under immense pressure these past few years, and some disruption may persist,” says de Bok. 

“We have invested in supply chain digitalisation worldwide, and by leveraging this global expertise, we will continually develop innovative solutions to help our customers overcome any challenges on the horizon,” he continues.

The robotics solutions DHL Supply Chain will deploy by 2025 include:

  • Deployment of Assisted Picking Robots in a multi-customer environment
  • State-of-the-art picking platform, which increases storage density and order processing
  • Goods-to-Person robots, which support teams’ ability to pack more customer orders
  • Automated inventory management robot, which was developed by an Australian DHL employee
  • Point-to-point picking robots, which support a diverse range of picking strategies.

“This investment in robotics will provide more resilient, flexible, and scalable supply chain solutions to our customers, who will be better equipped to service their own customers independent of the sector in which they operate,” says Steve Thompsett, chief executive officer, Australia & New Zealand, DHL Supply Chain

DHL Supply Chain is on track to meet the ambitious long-term goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.

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