Logistics

In the age of e-commerce, modern logistics real estate is becoming increasingly important. Integrated logistics planning with in-house logisticians and efficient intralogistics are have a greater significance. Flexible hubs are on the rise. More and more companies are digitally mapping their logistics and supply chain processes under the keyword "Digital Logistics". With Drees & Sommer, industrial companies, parcel delivery service providers and retail logisticians have a consulting partner with extensive logistics and real estate know-how as well as in-depth expertise in related industries. 

Solutions for the logistics sector

With Drees & Sommer, industrial companies, parcel delivery service providers and retail logisticians have a consulting partner with extensive logistics and real estate know-how as well as in-depth expertise in related industries. We design future-proof logistics facilities for our customers that take all customer-specific requirements into consideration: mix of uses, location and size, as well as technology, fitout and processes. The digitisation strategy and automation solutions we deliver give our customers a substantial competitive edge. 

Logistics trends from urban hubs to sustainable facilities

What are the latest developments in the logistics sector?

One important trend is a growing need to rethink and find unconventional solutions – for example, for the time-consuming and costly ‘last mile’ from the logistics centre on the urban fringe to the customer. Urban hubs offer a solution. As decentralised logistics spaces they can, for example, be located on the upper floors of shopping centres, in unused office space and car parks, or stadiums. They can also provide services that deliver genuine added value. They can be open 24/7, allowing a continuous flow of incoming and outgoing goods, thus ensuring fast delivery – and can also consolidate consignments, thereby reducing delivery traffic. 

What conditions does a logistics concept have to meet to function effectively with urban hubs?

It has to meet the needs of various stakeholders – from online retailers and their customers to parcel services, project developers and the public sector. These factors are often neglected, leading to wasted potential. An urban hub is an important element in a holistic logistics concept for an urban district or even for an entire city.   

And what about the conventional logistics centre on a greenfield site?

Existing and new logistics centres still have their place – as long as they are integrated and combine such aspects as sustainability and digitisation. To take just one example: The increasing use of automation requires less lighting and heating – and less energy means lower carbon emissions. Similarly, the optimisation of material flows and throughput times helps to reduce the carbon footprint. The logistics facility of the future is modular, flexible, fully digitised, and carbon neutral.

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