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Next-day delivery services have reached another level following DHL Supply Chain’s move to transform the Harcourt Road warehouse in Victoria’s Altona into transport operations.
Previously operating as a warehouse, the site now services 185 clients across multiple sectors such as technology, life science and healthcare, consumer and retail, with over 100,000 deliveries made each year.
More than 100 commercial vehicles access the hub each day, some operating multiple legs within a 24-hour period.
DHL transport president Les Logue says the 14,000 square metre facility is serviced by 50 vans, 30 rigid pallet trucks and over 30 semi-trailers and B-doubles daily.
"Added to this there are outsourced sea container and rail container movements weekly," Logue says.
"This facility allows DHL Supply Chain transport operations in Victoria the space to grow, drive improvements and deliver efficiencies into their business."
ROOM TO GROWDHL’s capacity is set to increase as a result of the new operations, leading to a greater specialised freight and customer base.
"This results in improved handling time, quicker load and unload, which has a positive impact, ensuring we are on road with the fleets earlier, therefore [achieving] improved efficiencies, earlier delivery times and an increase in customer service levels," Logue says.
The leased site became a transport hub on January 21. It offers consolidation and nightly linehaul services to Tasmania and South Australia several nights a week.
The facility receives product from all parts of Australia, of which the majority comes from New South Wales.
It offers no storage but goods are processed and distributed within a day, ensuring a reliable overnight service for DHL’s customers.
This article first appeared on www.fullyloaded.com.au
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