DC Developments: June 8, 2023

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Gebrüder Weiss

Gebrüder Weiss has a new warehouse location in Elgin, Illinois. The warehouse is part of a larger expansion in the Illinois area, following the company’s US headquarters relocation from Des Plaines to Wood Dale, Illinois, in October 2022. The Wood Dale facility includes 16,000 square feet of office space and a 45,000 square-foot warehouse. The Elgin warehouse adds an additional 106,000 square feet of space to the company’s Illinois footprint.  

JD Logistics United States

JD Logistics United States, JD.com’s North American logistics arm, recently opened of its third self-operating warehouse and distribution centre in California.Together the three warehouses will create more than 300 jobs and increase the company’s  footprint to over 1.3 million square feet of warehousing space throughout the state.One of JD Logistics’ warehouses in California utilizes a container transport unit (CTU) robot system. Goods are delivered to the warehouse by trucks, where they’re offloaded onto a network of automated conveyors and swiftly scanned, sorted, and stored by fast-moving, self-operating robots. This system allows warehouse employees to wait in designated working stations while the CTUs pick up and drop off goods. Image scanners check the packages in microseconds, while JD’s smart logistics system calculates where the packages should be dropped off. The packages are then grouped by region into larger bins, which are picked up by forklifts and brought to the corresponding trucks for delivery to their final destination. The CTU system helped increase the number of storage units from 10,000 to 35,000 by making full use of the height of the warehouse and improved operating efficiency by 300 percent.JD Logistics operates over 1,500 warehouses in China.

Wildflower Ltd

Wildflower Ltd. is building a $146 million Class A logistics warehouse development located Queens, New York. The College Point Logistics Center is a Class A warehouse and parking facility that will include 81,000 rentable square feet of industrial space, 160,000 square feet of enclosed parking spanning two floors accessible via a ramp, and 68,000 square feet of surface parking and loading space. Wildflower designed a ground-floor warehouse and multi-story parking structure to maximize the project’s efficiency in the densest industrial and parking markets in the country and meet the needs of modern industrial and logistics tenants. The project will be completed in Q2 2024.