DHL SUPPLY CHAIN DEPLOYS FIRST COMMERCIAL FLEET OF AUTONOMOUS ROCLA VEHICLES BY LOGISNEXT SOLUTIONS FOR UNILEVER’S WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS IN MAINLAND EUROPE
Press Release: Bonn, March 24, 2022
- Following successful commercial deployments in North America, UK and Ireland, DHL has now implemented its first fleet of autonomous forklifts in Belgium
- Autonomous reach trucks will increase operational efficiency and agility, while working safely alongside DHL employees
- The robotic forklifts move more than 1,000 pallets per day at DHL’s warehouse in Bornem, Belgium, which it operates for consumer goods company Unilever
These trucks can operate across the full height of the warehouse and provide a flexible and scalable answer to the labor-tight market” says John Scherders, CEO DHL Supply Chain Benelux & Nordics. “With Logisnext we found a partner to deploy this solution in a warehouse operation with very limited changes to the warehouse infrastructure.”
“Unilever is constantly looking for new technologies to incorporate into our world class logistics operations” says Selim Tansug, Unilever’s Vice President of Logistics for Europe. “Building on our existing collaborative partnership with DHL, the introduction of this new fleet of autonomous forklifts will improve productivity, safety and agility, allowing us to focus on providing more value to our customers, our consumers and in using our scale for good”
As part of its digitalization agenda, DHL Supply Chain regularly assesses new technologies and solutions that can be deployed on a commercial scale. In addition to robotic and wearable devices, DHL Supply Chain strongly relies on software and data analytics solutions that can provide real-time information on its customer logistics networks. Algorithms and artificial intelligence implemented with access to big data have proven to be game changers in global supply chain planning, and DHL will continue to expand their deployment.