International logistics giants benefit from Melbourne Airport
Jun 26, 2009
DB Schenker and DHL Danzas are two global logistics companies now able to leverage the competitive advantages offered by Melbourne Airport for their businesses – and, ultimately, for their customers.
Schenker, the German logistics giant, has consolidated four sites spread throughout Victoria into one megahub at Melbourne Airport, which features an 11,000 m² warehouse and a 2500 m² office for 230 employees. The single supply chain enables Schenker to meet its objective of reducing the impact of its domestic and international services on the environment.
"We're handling a lot of air freight, and being at Melbourne Airport made it more convenient for rapid freight retrieval, customs clearance and delivery to our customers," Schenker Australia marketing manager Carola Jonas explains.
Schenker was equally keen to enjoy the synergies its ocean freight business could receive by linking Melbourne Airport to the Port of Melbourne in only twenty minutes via City Link. Certainty of project delivery for Schenker was also able to be provided via the unique land use status of Melbourne Airport, whereby a Council planning permit was not required.
Like Schenker, DHL is consolidating its facilities at Melbourne Airport while constructing a base that would meet future growth and customer expectations. DHL will occupy a large 6,700 m² office building, and 11,826 m² of specialised warehouse (including bio-tech and high security areas). A huge amount of hard-standing and loading docks are also provided on the 49,824 m² site.
Obviously, being ‘on-airport’ is vital to remaining competitive as it negates the travel and risk of being off airport and on public roads.
Tony Boll, chief executive officer of DHL Global Forwarding South Pacific, says Melbourne Airport offers three competitive advantages.
"Melbourne Airport has no curfew restrictions, which is a benefit to DHL's operations and the importers and exporters trading through this airport," Boll says, adding that "Melbourne, as the manufacturing centre of Australia, needs an efficient logistics hub".
Boll also lauds the benefits of Melbourne Airport’s direct access to City Link and the Western Ring Road, connecting the airport and seaport, and the ease of access into other Australian capitals.
"The facility is also well connected via main arterial roads to other states, and this means we can service cities like Adelaide and Sydney overnight with air and offshore cargo.”
Other warehousing and manufacturing tenants at Melbourne Airport include Caterpillar, AAE, Toll, Willow Ware, Laminex, the Reject Shop, Kathmandu, Boeing, Eagle Lighting and Smith Lewis.
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