DHL Supply Chain Australia has launched four new storage facilities for the storage and inventory management of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines, animal health, diagnostics and consumer health products.
The additional capacity will reportedly enable DHL to efficiently manage the storage and distribution of any upcoming Covid-19 vaccines.
The new facilities have a combined floor space of approximately 64,000 sqm – equivalent to nine football fields – across the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth metropolitan areas. This investment includes more than 9,000 sqm of DHL’s leading cold-chain operations to support the success of critically important cold chain products around Australia which must be stored in temperatures ranging from 2 to 8 Degree Celsius. DHL Supply Chain also has proprietary packaging solutions designed specifically for pharmaceutical products to ensure health supplies are delivered in the perfect condition.
“The Life Sciences and Healthcare industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries, and DHL is the only 3PL in Australia to provide solutions that meet current global regulations,” said CEO, DHL Supply Chain Australia and New Zealand CEO, Saul Resnick.
“We have seen growing interest for our industry-leading cold storage facilities which in turn, drives better outcomes for the storage and distribution of healthcare products.
“Increasingly, we have also seen a growing appetite for local distribution centres to be an ongoing part of global supply chains.”
In addition to the new facilities, DHL Supply Chain will also invest in a new multi-million dollar transport management system and national control tower, to support more efficient consignment planning and offer customers greater visibility of their deliveries. This builds on its existing industry-leading transport solutions, which will soon allow DHL to offer dual-temperature controlled vehicles for delivery of customers’ products in all major capital cities. This solution enhances the existing products which DHL has in place today and will reduce packaging and provide sustainable solutions benefiting the environment.
Clinical trials remain a significantly important service managed by DHL, particularly in the current climate.
“The success of clinical trials depends on effective temperature-controlled, accuracy, and end- to-end solutions that ensure cell-based pharmaceuticals are not compromised,” said Resnick.
“For years, we have managed the safe and efficient delivery of millions of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other healthcare products for our customers to ensure all Australians have access to the treatments they need.”
The facilities will be powered by a combined 2,700kW of solar power, equivalent to the energy consumed by 450 average Australian family homes over the course of a year. Included in this is the company’s showcase 1700kW urban solar plant powering its facility in New South Wales’ Horsley Park which is reported to be the first of its kind in Australia.
“DHL Supply Chain is committed to doing its part in ensuring our partners and customers have access to environmentally sustainable supply chain operations that are both cost-efficient and operationally excellent,” said Resnick. “By investing in renewable energy sources, as well as a number of other initiatives, DHL Supply Chain is on track to meet our long-term goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.”
Further plans are underway to introduce a cold chain automation picking and packing solution which will drive compliant, and efficient processes to safeguard future demands of the industry in the growing segment of pharmaceutical supply. This project will be the first of its kind in Australia, based in New South Wales.