Barloworld expands partner network in the Americas
Barloworld Supply Chain Software (BWSCS) has strengthened its presence in the Americas following an agreement with Belge Consulting, a leading supply chain consultancy and solutions provider.
Under the terms of the deal Belge will join BWSCS’s global partner and reseller network to take advantage of the sharp increase in demand for advanced supply chain solutions across the region.
Richard Forrest, CEO of Barloworld Supply Chain Software, said: “Belge Consulting is an excellent addition to our reseller network as the company possesses the expertise and strong in-house knowledge to support our future growth across the region.
“We are committed to developing a global network of distribution partners and we look forward to a long and successful working partnership with Belge Consulting.”
Brazil-based Belge Consulting helps its clients optimise the overall supply chain strategy. The company opted to work with BWSCS as a part of its mission to offer pioneering solutions within the marketplace. Belge Consulting will offer a range of solutions from BWSCS, including CAST, the supply chain design and network modelling solution.
Alain de Norman, Director at Belge Consulting, said: “We are a firm that is focused on providing the most state-of-the-art solutions and because of this we constantly monitor developments in the marketplace.
“In recent years we have recognised that Barloworld SCS has developed a range of innovative and highly effective solutions that can make a huge impact upon supply chain efficiency. In addition, we have been impressed by its company values and the ethical relationships it shares with its partners and customers alike.”
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DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.