DHL opens new logistics campus in Ludwigsau
- European distribution center for long distance retail traders
- New concept combining warehouse and distribution services
On October 8, 2007, DHL Exel Supply Chain officially launched operations at its new logistics campus for the mail order sector in Ludwigsau built at a cost of around EUR 22 million. The new distribution center near Bad Hersfeld covers an area of 35,000 square meters to store and distribute goods delivered to the final customer in a so-called "two-man handling" service and employing some 70 staff members. The new facility is exclusively targeted at logistics processes for the long-distance retail sector.
Stefan Kurrle, CEO of DHL Exel Supply Chain in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland described the new project as a trend setter: "Mail order is strongly recovering. Especially e-commerce is a fast growing market in Germany and neighboring European countries. In establishing a logistics campus for the home delivery sector we can offer long distance retail traders tailored processes for managing their goods and delivering their products anywhere in Europe. Ludwigsau helps to bring Europe closer together."
The campus concept developed by DHL Exel Supply Chain bears a typical feature; the logistics location focuses on the needs of one particular sector of industry. This enables several customers operating in the sector to use the same local logistics services including warehousing, transport, and added value services. Streamlining logistics structures increases flexibility, creates synergies for customers and service operators, and helps to organize logistics processes on a more cost-effective basis. Customers also benefit from the innovative way in which buildings have been arranged at Ludwigsau; it allows goods to be moved efficiently from the warehouse to the loading area, whereas both internal and external space can be used with greatest possible operational efficiency.
The firm of Prologis has acted as investor and developer, and now owns the DHL facility located in the Mecklar-Meckbach industrial area. The site covers an area of 100,000 square meters overall and offers enough room for future expansion and new customers.