DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics service providers, will open a new location in the Prague region next year. The highly automated fulfillment warehouse will expand the company’s logistics capacities and shorten delivery times. In addition to retail operations, the new distribution center will also manage B2C e-commerce activities, including an extensive range of value-added services that will address the demand for personalized products that consumers want.
“DB Schenker has achieved outstanding success since entering the Eastern European market,” says Ingo Brauckmann, Executive Vice President Contract Logistics / SCM Europe at DB Schenker. “The new automated logistics center will allow us to expand our capacities and improve our performance, thereby setting the stage for further growth in the region. As such, we are now poised to expand and enhance the services we offer to our rapidly growing customer base.”
Efficient and innovative fulfillment is becoming increasingly important as e-commerce logistics continues to expand and automation helps increase capacity and make the supply chain more resilient.
The new distribution center will offer excellent service quality – made possible by a highly scalable, modular GTP (goods to person) system in combination with extensive conveyor technology and a high-performance crossbelt sorter for shipping parcels, which will be provided by DB Schenker partner Körber. In fact, Körber’s software solution will control more than 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that will be part of the highly automated logistics ecosystem. This means that the facility will have one of the largest AMR deployments of this type in Eastern Europe.
Despite the high degree of automation, the distribution center will require more than 1,000 operators at peak times.
The centre, which will be close to Prague Airport and a major highway to Germany, will allow for very short delivery times for customers in Central and Eastern Europe.
The new distribution center is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2023. The current distribution center, which is also located in the Prague region, cannot meet the customer’s future requirements. The current location will not be closed but will be used for reverse logistics services to meet our customers’ circular economy needs and reduce their digital carbon footprint.