DHL Supply Chain recently deployed its first smart warehouse in Singapore for food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak.

The warehouse integrates Internet of Things (IoT) technology with data analytics to connect its physical warehouse with a unique virtual representation, dubbed the digital twin solution. The enables Tetra Pak to monitor and maintain the conditions of perishable goods around the clock, in real time.

Warehouse supervisors can use the data to make decisions to reduce congestion, improve resource planning and allocate workload. IoT and proximity sensors on Materials Handling Equipment meanwhile reduce potential collision risks. Controlled areas with restricted access are also monitored with management alerts, while a DHL control tower monitors the flow of goods to ensure inbound goods are correctly shelved within 30 minutes of receipt, and outbound goods are ready for shipment within 95 minutes.

"Innovation has always been at the heart of what we do at Tetra Pak,” said Devraj Kumar, director of integrated logistics for South Asia, East Asia & Oceania 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.”

Jerome Gillet, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, commented: “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.”