DHL Freight had broken ground on its new state-of-the-art 63,000 square metre freight hub in Hanover – Langenhagen, Germany.
The facility will not only will handle freight for DHL Freight’s Europe-wide network, but also will test innovative technologies and solutions for the terminal of the future. Commissioning of the site on Münchner Strasse is planned for mid-2019.
DHL Freight is the trucking arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group and speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, DHL Freight chief operating officer, Thomas Vogel said: “The new freight hub is an important investment in our existing European network and reflects our FREIGHT 2020 corporate strategy.
“Here in Hanover – Langenhagen, we will offer sustainable, efficient and customer-oriented road freight and logistics solutions with the highest service quality, bringing us a good deal closer to our goal of becoming the undisputed market leader in overland transport services.”
In the transhipment terminal, which is more than 8,300 square metres in size with over 80 loading bays, around 260 employees will in future organise and consolidate freight for the Euroconnect Europe-wide all-in-one groupage service and the Eurapid premium day-definite groupage service.
The location will also play an important role for DHL Freight’s Euronet full truck load (FTL) service. A team of Euronet experts will support customers at home and abroad with tailor-made logistics solutions – ranging from onsite transport management to end-to-end design and optimization of incoming and outgoing commodity flows.
The locations at Stelingerstrasse and Büttnerstrasse in Hanover will be consolidated into the new DHL Freight branch and will at the same time significantly increase the capacities of the existing network.
DHL Freight will test innovative solutions and technologies for the terminal of the future at the new site in order to further optimise operational processes and at the same time make the day-to-day work of employees easier.
The integrator is planning a control centre at the new location, in which all information on announced shipments as well as live information from operations will be centrally recorded.
Among other things, data is to be supplied by intelligent forklifts that are equipped with cameras and sensors for scanning goods and guide the driver through the warehouse using the fastest route.