New Tasks for the DHL Logistics Center in Dortmund
DHL to Supply Johnson & Johnson Benelux CustomersBonn, 05/02/2005, 11:30 AM CEST
Effectively immediately, the DHL Fürst Hardenberg Logistics Center in Dortmund will now also handle the consumer goods shipping to the Benelux nations for the US corporation Johnson & Johnson. With this new contract, DHL Solutions anticipate a total volume of an additional 4,000 tons per year. The goods imclude more than 200 hygiene and healthcare items.
Thus, the central warehouse, which is already in charge of distributing the goods in Germany, will also take over the responsibilities of the previous site in the Netherlands. "The expansion of the Hardenberg site into a central European warehouse is part of our internationalization strategy, which we are putting to work in Dortmund together with DHL as an established logistics partner," explains Klaus Poloczek, European Supply Chain Director at Johnson & Johnson.
Taking over transport activities to the Benelux nations was accomplished in no time at all. Dr. Stefan Kurrle, CEO of DHL Solutions, states, "It was our stipulated objective to prep the site within three months for the new day-to-day operations without the customers of Johnson & Johnson ever noticing anything at all about this relocation." To this end, ten new employees were already taught the ropes, which brings the workforce total at the Dortmund site up to 140. "It is only through this type of partnership cooperation that it is possible to successfully implement a project as sophisticated as this one within such a short amount of time," adds Uwe Beckmann, who is in charge of the Hardenberg site as Supply Chain Director for Germany and Austria at Johnson & Johnson.
DHL has already been logistics partner of Johnson & Johnson for ten years. In 2003 the Fürst Hardenberg Logistics Park, which was especially erected for the customer Johnson & Johnson, was opened with its floor space of 19,500 square meters in the northern vicinity of Dortmund. Since then, Johnson & Johnson has built up the DHL Center step by step into the European Logistics platform it is today. The Center handles all aspects of goods management on the basis of state-of-the-art technology and IT systems, such as mobile radio data transmission for forklift control or paperless order picking.