DHL Supply Chain (DHL) has opened five new logistics centres in Japan to support its operations for GE Healthcare Japan. The new logistics centres are located in Kawasaki, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
The biggest centre, the 5,000sqm Kawasaki facility, can support future implementation of robotics, cold room storage and high-spec IT systems, and processing in excess of 600,000 orders per annum. Each of the five centres have been selected for their strategic location based network centricity analysis and are designed to be the regional distribution centre to supply medical service parts on demand speed to market to GE Japan's customer swiftly.
The new centres manage the warehousing of service parts for GE Healthcare's transformational medical technologies and service to meet demand for increase access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.
The Tokyo Central Distribution Centers (CDC) in Kawasaki provide 24x7 services encompassing distribution & regulatory compliance, call centre operations, international import, reverse returns management, demand fulfilment support global services medical professional to deliver greatest healthcare to patients.
"It was imperative for us optimise our logistics operations as we faced quality and cost challenges in service parts logistics management. DHL's robust performance management, proactive continuous improvement culture, optimised supply chain cost, and service logistics network covering all necessary areas match GE Healthcare's priorities for business growth. We saw a strong business fit between both companies. We believe that DHL, with its global expertise and localised know-how, is an ideal partner for us in providing efficient services,” said Akiko Nakategawa, director of global service parts operations, GE Healthcare Japan.
DHL has already been providing logistic services to GE Healthcare in 13 sites across 10 countries, according to Alfred Goh, president and representative director, CEO Japan and Korea.
“We are honoured to be able to demonstrate our capabilities and deliver value in Japan by utilising world-class warehouse standards, network scalability, visibility, flexibility, innovation, continuous improvement based on our unique operation management system as well as best practices from other parts of the world."
With regulatory and trade compliance requirements for the transportation and storage of medicines becoming more rigorous, DHL provides high-quality fully compliant logistics and supply chain services. With over 80,000 experts and 9,000 Life Sciences and Healthcare certified specialists in over 220 countries, DHL Life Sciences and Healthcare business offers dedicated network maintains complete control of the entire journey. It delivers seamless end-to-end transport of temperature sensitive products across countries and modes; real-time temperature monitoring; and in-depth knowledge in coldchain and clinical trials business and a worldwide network of over 4,000 dedicated and trained experts