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New DHL APAC Innovation Center develops drones and other game-changing logistics solutions to promote collaborative innovation in the region

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 08:56

DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, recently launched its Asia Pacific Innovation Center (APIC) in Singapore, to offer a visionary view of the logistics world, and develop innovative solutions to meet evolving supply chain needs.

The multi-million dollar facility is DHL’s first innovation center outside of Germany, and the first dedicated center for innovative logistics services in the Asia Pacific region.


The center is located within the €104-million DHL Supply Chain Advanced Regional Center (ARC) building at Singapore’s Tampines LogisPark.

Bill Meahl, Chief Commercial Officer, DHL, said:


“With our emerging markets expected to generate 30% of DHL’s global revenue by 2020, our sustained industry leadership demands that we successfully differentiate our services in these markets through well-calculated forays into new technologies, processes, and products.


The launch of the APIC is a natural step to maintain our lead as a front-runner in innovation, following the success of our first center in Germany.”

The APIC showcases futuristic technologies that will transform logistics operations within the region.


These include augmented reality “smart glasses” for warehouse assembly-lines and product picking; drones for delivery of time-critical goods like medicines; Maintenance on Demand (MoDe) vehicles that use machine-to-machine (M2M) sensors to boost vehicle uptime by 30%; and driverless shuttles for faster, more efficient transportation.

Besides showcasing the latest in logistics trends and innovative solutions, APIC serves as a regional platform for collaborative innovation between DHL, customers, industry partners, and independent experts.


The center will drive DHL’s Trend Research initiatives focusing on emerging trends in Asian logistics and economic activity.

Lee Eng Keat, Director, Logistics and Natural Resources, EDB said, “The launch of the APIC is another important step towards enhancing Singapore’s value-adding role in the realm of global supply chain solutions.


With DHL as a strategic partner on this journey, all DHL offices in South Asia are well positioned to serve the needs and harness the opportunities presented by the dynamic supply chain landscape,emerging technology and global trends.”

APIC currently offers a selection of services ranging from guided innovation center tours, to innovation workshops, events and forums.


APIC’s exhibits include state-of-the-art centerpiece showcasing the trend of automation and robotics in the future of working; Solution Sphere, where visitors can experience the full range of Deutsche Post DHL Group capabilities and solutions such as parcel lockers, sensor technology and warehouse pick and pack using voice and lighting technologies; Trend Curve, which highlights future trends and their applications for the logistics industry; and Vision Wall, which enables visitors to discover inspirational scenarios on what the world of logistics might look like in the year 2050.

Pang Mei Yee, Vice President, Innovation, Solution Delivery & Service Management, Asia Pacific, DHL said, “APIC is an integral part of our ambition to be at the forefront of innovation in logistics.


The center in Singapore will serve the needs of the Asian market, and enhance the delivery of our customer promise to provide sustainable solutions that simplify their lives.


Besides providing a platform for research, experimentation and exchange of best practices, we hope to yield many customer-centric innovations that will add to our customers’ success.”

The Singapore center is modelled after DHL’s first innovation center in Germany, which has been highly successful and re-launched with a brand new look earlier this year.


Besides providing a second customer-centric innovation platform that caters to the Asian market, APIC will also invest in capabilities in analytics, e-commerce and last mile solutions for Asia Pacific markets.


DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry.


DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management.

With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows.


With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-commerce, technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

Photo caption - Automation and robotics take center stage at DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Center.


Automation and robotics take center stage at DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Center

Last modified on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 09:07