Singapore Post (SingPost) has celebrated the topping-out of its three-storey SingPost Regional eCommerce Logistics Hub.
There are two warehousing floors in the 553,000 sqft integrated hub, 150 simultaneous loading
bays and an office block. The entire ground floor is a fully automated parcel-sorting plant with end-to-end sorting, picking and packing all the way to shipping and returns management.
“When complete, the SingPost eCommerce Logistics hub will harness state-of-the-art automation systems to ensure high accuracy, high throughput and low per-transaction cost,” says Singapore Economic Development Board logistics director Lee Eng Keat.
He says the hub will be a “living laboratory” where new technologies can be tested.
With its innovative automation systems, the hub is expected to improve cost efficiency by 30 to 40 per cent over the next 10 to 15 years.
Innovative labour-saving engineering techniques were also used to speed construction of the hub, which incorporates one of the longest precast panels in Singapore, spanning 12m. Ground was broken for the project in November 2014.
SingPost group COO Dr Sascha Hower, who is also CEO of eCommerce logistics company Quantium Solutions, says the topping-out ceremony takes a step closer to fulfilling SingPost’s vision to be the regional leader in eCommerce logistics.
“At S$182 million (US$129.75 million), the hub is our largest investment in Singapore to date. It is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, equipped with cutting-edge technology such as integrated, automated warehousing equipment linked to fully automated parcel-sorting systems.”
Interior construction of the hub is underway, with the plant to be fitted out with more than s$30 million in equipment. It is on track to come on line in the second half of this year.