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DHL continues to operate Heathrow Consolidation Centre (HCC)

May '07
DHL Exel Supply Chain has won a £10 million contract renewal over three years with BAA to continue to operate the Heathrow Consolidation Centre (HCC) on behalf of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL).

As part of its investment strategy for the airport logistics business, DHL has made firm commitments to future development and innovations at HCC including the initial deployment of a £75,000, 9 tone electric vehicle, the first electric retail delivery vehicle operating within an airport environment.

The contract will be managed by the Department Stores & Fashion business unit of DHL Exel Supply Chain which was instrumental in supporting the evolution and development of the consolidation centre concept, as a means of reducing congestion and carbon emissions. The new electric vehicle has zero local carbon emissions, and is one of the first in the world to be developed using new battery and component technologies.

Since its launch in 2001, the HCC has dramatically eased congestion within the airport with a huge reduction in vehicle movements of participating retailers and therefore has significantly reduced BAA's airport carbon emissions.

Its success and that of DHL's other consolidation centre serving Bristol's Broadmead Shopping Centre has been acknowledged by a number of industry awards including the London Transport Award for the Business Contribution to Sustainable Distribution 2004.

The deployment of the electric vehicle within the airport and City Centre consolidation operations is further development of DHL's commitment to reducing the impact on the environment of retail distribution.

The Heathrow Consolidation Centre (HCC) serves the landside and airside retailers at the airport, and DHL Exel Supply Chain provides a multi-temperature, multi-product cross dock and delivery platform for all suppliers from specialist catering, bookshops and retail outlets for terminals 1 to 4.

The HCC forms an integral part of HAL's strategy for the development of the airport logistics strategy including air quality improvements and a sustainable distribution model as a robust and cost effective infrastructure that supports the growth of retailing at the airport.

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