DHL: Digging for Hanover–Langenhagen

DHL Freight, the trucking arm of the German-owned global logistics giant, has celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its new freight hub in Hanover–Langenhagen, Germany.
The freight centre on the 63,000 sq m site will not only will handle freight for DHL Freight’s European network, but will also test innovative technologies and solutions for the "terminal of the future".
A control center is planned at the new location, in which all information on announced shipments as well as live information from operations will be centrally recorded.
Data is to be supplied by "intelligent" forklifts that are equipped with cameras and sensors for scanning goods and guide the driver through the warehouse using the fastest route.
Camera sensors will measure the dimensions, volume and weight of parcels to be recorded up to six times faster than by hand. In addition, ring and glove scanners are to be used in the future, to make it easier for terminal staff to consolidate freight.
The tested solutions and the experience gained are then to be combined with other piloted technologies to form a lighthouse project that will represent DHL Freight’s vision of the freight terminal of the future.
Commissioning of the site is planned for mid-2019. 
Thomas Vogel, chief operating officer for DHL Freight, said: “The new freight hub is an important investment in our existing European network and reflects our FREIGHT 2020 corporate strategy.
"Here in Hanover-Langenhagen, we will offer sustainable, efficient and customer-oriented road freight and logistics solutions with the highest service quality, bringing us a good deal closer to our goal of becoming the undisputed market leader in overland transport services.”
Pictured from left to right: Bernhard Wirth, CEO DHL Freight Germany & Austria, Thomas Vogel, COO DHL Freight, Gero Schiffelmann, Member of the Management Board DHL Freight Germany and responsible for Euronet, Hartmut Köhler, Branch Manager Hanover, DHL Freight, Piotr Sikorski, Area Manager North, DHL 

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