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The distribution centre at the end of the runway

[ October 15, 2012   //   ]

DHL Supply Chain has opened an ‘end of runway’ logistics hub close to its main European air hub at Leipzig airport. The 14,000sq m, €14m facility is aimed at customers who want to centralise stocks of high value or urgently required parts while gaining later cut off times and earlier deliveries.

It has been developed as a multi-user terminal and discussions are already going on with a number of potential users, said the chief executived officer of DHL Supply Chain in Europe, Graham Inglis. These would be mainly, though not exclusively, in the medical, high tech and automotive sectors, and the EOR facility would also allow customers to run a range of repair, configeration, kitting and merge in transit operations at the hub. Customers would also be able to locate specialist staff at the hub to carry out various operations and DHL itself could also hire personnel with specific skills.

The facility – which despite its name, is actually on an industrial estate a few minutes’ drive from DHL’s hub at Leipzig airport – is currently fitted out with high-aby racking with other areas are available for added value operations. Mr Inglis added that DHL supply chain had “similar capability”, though not specific designated EOR facilities, in Asia.

However, there are no plans to develop EOR facilities away from DHL’s main hubs, as the concept requires direct access to the operator’s main air network.

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