Fresenius Kabi Australia has appointed DHL Supply Chain to manage its warehousing and logistics requirements in the country.
The company specializes in life-saving medicine and technology for critically ill patients. Its warehousing activities were previously managed in-house. Its portfolio includes IV drugs and infusion therapy, medical nutrition, and biopharma.
DHL Supply chain, which specializes in warehousing solutions, is managing the distribution of Fresenius Kabi’s product lines from its facility in Horningsea Park. This facility was established in 2020 to store medical devices, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals. The 35,000 square meter site has a 30,000-pallet capacity.
Company CEO Steve Thompsett welcomed the partnership and to assist Fresenius Kabi with its third-party logistics needs in Australia. “Fresenius Kabi has a significant range of products that are used to save lives and help to improve the health of Australians and we’re proud to be trusted with their logistics needs,” says Thompsett.
Vice president for Fresenius Kabi for the region Juan Villar says the partnership will help provide state-of-the-art logistics and distribution services in a more efficient way. “In addition, moving to a carbon-neutral warehouse supports our commitment to leaving a planet worth living on for future generations,” he says.
Automating global warehousing
DHL has been on the move recently with initiatives to bolster the logistics landscape.
Last month, DHL Supply said it was already involved in nine of the robotics technology company AustoStore’s projects. These initiatives are ongoing in Singapore, US, and Germany.
AutoStore and DHL Supply Chain have been working together since 2012 to implement cutting-edge solutions. Over 1,000 robots have assisted in increasing operational throughput.
In addition, the company has already commissioned its fourth e-commerce warehouse in Germany. The move is part of the company’s DHL fulfillment network (DFN).
Australian warehouse market
According to a report by Makreo, a research and consulting firm, the warehouse and logistics sector in Australia has seen significant expansion due to the e-commerce market. “The surge in online shopping has intensified the demand for efficient last-mile delivery solutions. Furthermore, Australia’s prominence in global trade, fuelled by the export of valuable commodities such as minerals, agricultural products, and natural resources, underscores the vital role played by the logistics industry in facilitating the global distribution of these goods.”
The company adds that Australia is set to expand multi-story warehouses in Sydney. “This strategic move is aimed at addressing challenges such as low vacancy rates, soaring rents, and escalating land prices. The limited supply of underdeveloped industrial zoned land, a mere 5% in Sydney, is predicted to further amplify land prices, necessitating innovative solutions like multi-story warehousing.”
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