DHL, the leading logistics partner in the rapidly growing German e-commerce and mail order sector, pools services for online retailers, including warehousing, order-picking, packing, shipping, door-to-door delivery and returns management. Increasingly, customers are demanding shorter delivery times and greater flexibility. 

Since 2007, DHL Package has operated a central transshipment center and warehouse in Ludwigsau, near Bad Hersfeld, for its premium, heavy and bulky goods transportation and delivery service. As workload expanded, it became clear that DHL needed to extend its facility in Ludwigsau, which was originally developed by Prologis.

The Bad Hersfeld region, in the heart of Germany, is a logistics hot spot. Goods dispatched from Ludwigsau can reach customers across Germany within 24 hours. With easy access to the A4 and A7 motorways, the region is an optimal logistics location.

DHL is a long-term Prologis customer with facilities around the world, so it was natural for DHL to seek Prologis’ assistance. To maximize efficiency, DHL’s extension of its Ludwigsau logistics facility needed to be on adjacent property. Prologis had already established a close, cooperative relationship with the city of Ludwigsau, the district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg and the office for economic development, so we were able to purchase a 12-hectare plot next to DHL’s existing distribution center. Construction of the 35,200-square-meter logistics facility started in April 2017. The new facility comprises warehouse and transshipment areas, and the transshipment area alone is 10,000 square meters.

DHL also extended its current 37,500 square meter lease with Prologis in Ludwigsau.

Prologis is aiming for gold certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and is fitting the entire Ludwigsau facility with LED lights and high-quality insulation to minimize energy consumption. Once completed, Prologis will take over property management of the facility.

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