Teplice becomes next city in DHL and PPL's new terminal and distribution networkPrague/Teplice, 09/14/2007, 11:30 AM CEST
DHL has opened another major distribution terminal in the Czech Republic with its partner PPL CZ, this time in Krupka near Teplice. The ultra-modern centre, which joins terminals in Plzen and Ceské Budejovice, will act as a hub for the distribution of shipments in the Ústí nad Labem and Liberec regions and parts of Central Bohemia. The construction of terminals forms part of a large project to integrate the DHL and PPL CZ terminal and distribution networks in the Czech Republic. The project will cost almost one billion Czech crowns.
The integration comes in response to ever growing shipment volumes and the need to constantly raise customer service standards. The goal is to create a network of ten main terminals over the coming three years. These terminals will form the backbone of a modern distribution system.
"The opening of the Teplice terminal will significantly help us to expand our capacity and allow us to raise service standards across all our products. Given the hub's strategic position we also plan to leverage its great location and upgrade our transport links not only with our western neighbours, but worldwide, as DHL is building a new intercontinental hub in Leipzig, Germany," adds Radek Odstrcil, DHL Express Operations Manager for the Czech Republic.
More terminals are to open in future years in Hradec Králové, Ostrava, Olomouc and Prague. DHL and PPL CZ expect the project to boost their competitiveness by streamlining shipment distribution. The range of products and services offered to customers will expand, and facilities will be modernised.
"Despite its unquestionable benefits for our operations and processes, the new terminal is primarily a major regional investment by our two companies in the highly competitive field of express logistics. It's a state-of-the-art, high-tech terminal with huge significance for the development of express logistics in this region. It gives all DHL and PPL's current and potential customers access to a superb facility that offers them scope and support to grow their businesses on the same level as in the EU countries," says Jirí Hondl, Executive Director of PPL CZ.
What is the main benefit and purpose of the Teplice terminal?
The terminal is Deutsche Post World Net's (DPWN) another construction in the Czech Republic to be built in line with its corporate design and to bring together all DPWN's products under one roof. By relocating several operations previously located in various different parts of the Ustecky region, Liberec region andTeplice, DHL and PPL CZ have moved their logistical operations right to the heart of the region they serve. They have reduced the time it takes to get to customers and can thus offer better delivery times for all shipment types.
How does the sorting system work inside the terminal?
The terminal is divided internally into two separate sections. The first section is used by DHL for sorting and distributing air and road shipments, while the second section contains PPL CZ's automatic sorting line for parcel deliveries. Pallet shipments are unloaded, sorted and loaded again using state-of-the-art handling equipment. A scanning system will be implemented in the near future, with wireless data transmission throughout the warehouse and direct connection to the dispatching system. This will allow optimization of numerous activities which are currently performed manually.
What is the terminal's organizational structure?
The organizational structure is split into departments according to responsibilities for individual products. These departments are managed by a branch manager. Besides DHL Express, DHL Freight and PPL CZ, the building is home to another DPWN subsidiary - DHL Global Forwarding. In the new terminal Gerlach - neutral customs agent - is also offering it's new services.
What sort of operations will go on at the terminal?
In the DHL section, shipments will be unloaded, sorted and loaded for distribution within DHL's TimeDefinite air freight express service and its DayDefinite domestic and international overland transport service. This will involve consignments ranging from 200 g to 3,000 kg for collection and distribution in the Teplice and close regions and the parts of Central Bohemia served by the terminal. Similar activities will be performed in the PPL section for express parcel delivery services, with the aid of an automatic sorting system.