May 17, 2020

Blockchain in Transport Alliance announces logistics firm ArcBest as new member

Blockchain
Transport
BiTA
Arcbest
James Henderson
2 min
Logistics company ArcBest has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance
Logistics firm ArcBest has announced that it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).

BiTA is made up of more than 250 freight transport...

Logistics firm ArcBest has announced that it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).

BiTA is made up of more than 250 freight transportation companies and works to help develop and set standards for the use of blockchain technology within the logistics and transportation industry.

“At ArcBest, our customers are looking for logistics partners who can deliver a number of solutions along with trusted, expert advice and a great experience,” said Michael Newcity, senior vice president – Chief Innovation Officer of ArcBest and president of ArcBest Technologies.

“We believe blockchain technology could benefit the transportation industry by revolutionising the way people do business. We look forward to working with other industry leaders to ensure standards are established so that the full potential of this technology can be realised”

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According to BiTA, blockchain technology could be used to enhance transparency within the supply chain, maintain accurate records of asset maintenance and ownership history, and secure freight payments and smart contracts, among other ideas.

Founded in August 2017, BiTA is a consortium of the foremost leaders in the transportation industry forging a path toward industry standards in blockchain use.

In a statement, BiTA said companies in the alliance share a unified mission of developing a framework of industry standards, educating the logistics market on blockchain applications and encouraging use of technology applications through exemplary implementation.

ArcBest is also partnering with the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business in supporting its blockchain research and education.

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

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Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

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. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

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.

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