UNICEF’s new global procurement and distribution center in Copenhagen is uniquely designed to dispatch emergency relief shipments to locations worldwide within 48 hours.
by David Maloney
In what must be considered one of the most generous gifts ever made, the government of Denmark in April 2012 handed over the keys to a multimillion dollar procurement and distribution center to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The facility, strategically located near the Port of Copenhagen, is designed to support the work UNICEF carries out on behalf of children around the world. With a staff of 320, the UNICEF Supply Division undertakes all of UNICEF’s international procurement and also oversees and guides procurement and logistics in the field. It handles around $2 billion of supplies each year. Its work includes shipping emergency relief supplies in response to typhoons, war, famine, earthquakes, and other natural and man-made disasters. For instance, after Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines, planes carrying items like tents for child-friendly spaces, water purification and sanitation kits, and medical supplies were on their way from Copenhagen within 48 hours.
In addition to disaster relief shipments, the facility procures and delivers materials—such as vaccines, medicines, nutritional supplements, and educational supplies—to support UNICEF’s ongoing child survival and development initiatives around the world. The automated design gives it the flexibility to process both rush orders required by disaster response and a steady flow of goods shipped to support the agency’s ongoing global mission. To read entire article, click here.
(Schaefer Systems hired to design automated warehouse for Unicef.)