The world’s leading provider of contract logistics solutions, DHL Supply Chain, recently announced they have successfully implemented an integrated supply chain solution for the Singapore warehouse of multinational food packaging and processing company, Sweden-based Tetra Pak.

The smart warehouse is the first of its kind for DHL in the Asia Pacific region to deploy the digital twin technology, which involves using digital models to understand better and manage physical assets.

DHL Supply Chain CEO for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, Jerome Gillet said, “Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company serving the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries, and we are proud to play a part in their vision to make food safe and available everywhere,”

Mr. Gillet continued, By jointly implementing a digital solution to support Tetra Pak’s warehousing and transport operations, this collaboration is a great example for smart warehouses of the future to deliver agile, cost-effective and scalable supply chain operations.”

DHL Supply Chain created the smart warehouse solution for Tetra Pak by combining the Internet of Things (IoT) technology with data analytics and bridging its physical warehouse with a unique virtual representation that monitors and simulates both the physical state and behavior of the warehouse assets in real-time.

As a result of the digital twin solution, Tetra Pak can now maintain 24/7 coordination of their operations to resolve issues as they happen, especially those that involve safety and productivity. Real-time operational data can be used by warehouse supervisors to make informed decisions to reduce congestion, improve resource planning and allocate workload. Spatial awareness is improved thanks to proximity sensors on Materials Handling Equipment, resulting in reduced potential collisions.

The flow of inbound and outbound goods is fully monitored from the DHL control tower, this monitoring solution optimizes time efficiency, ensuring goods are correctly shelved within 30 minutes of receipt, and delivery-bound goods are ready for shipment within 95 minutes.

Tetra Pak Director, Integrated Logistics, South Asia, East Asia & Oceania, Devraj Kumar said, “Innovation has always been at the heart of what we do at Tetra Pak. To keep the cogs of our operations turning seamlessly, it is vital that we have complementary warehousing and supply chain solutions that can meet the high demands of our customers.  We are pleased with the successful implementation of this smart warehouse, and look forward to partnering DHL Supply Chain to further enhance our productivity and maintain our high safety standards in our supply chain operations.”