May 17, 2020

DHL delivers as Rugby World Cup kicks off in England

UK logistics
Rugby World Cup
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The behind-the-scenes operation taking place to deliver this year's biggest global sporting event, Rugby World Cup 2015, is orchestrated by DHL
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DHL, Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, is set for action as the sports...

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DHL, Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, is set for action as the sport’s premier world Tournament begins in London with the opening match between England and Fiji.

The world’s leading logistics provider is undertaking one of its largest challenges ever in the UK to help deliver the year’s biggest international sporting event to millions of fans around the world.

Working with England Rugby 2015 to handle all freight and logistics for the 19 teams travelling to England to take part, throughout the Tournament DHL will transport more than 48 tonnes of equipment for all 20 participating nations – from match kit and scrum machines to tackle bags and ice baths – across 89 team base locations and 13 match venues.

The company’s support also includes stadium infrastructure and fit-out, fulfilment of international ticket distribution and delivery of doping samples to testing laboratories, among many other requirements.

Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express said, “DHL has been planning meticulously with England Rugby 2015 over the last two years to ensure the ultimate competition in the world Rugby calendar is an unqualified success.

“Harnessing our global network capabilities and working behind-the-scenes throughout the Tournament, DHL is committed to delivering a seamless logistics operation so that the players and their support teams can focus on bringing their best game to the pitch, making Rugby World Cup 2015 memorable for fans whether they’re watching from the stands or across the globe.”

England Rugby 2015 Chief Operating Officer, Neil Snowball, said, “We would like to extend our thanks to DHL for their support in helping us to plan and deliver the complex freight and logistics requirements for Rugby World Cup 2015. DHL are leaders in the field and their high level service has allowed our freight and logistics team, lead by Shaun Day, to ensure the best possible operation is in place for all our stakeholders.”

DHL has been helping build excitement and anticipation in the run-up to this year’s Tournament with the international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, showcasing the Webb Ellis Cup to audiences around the world, culminating in a 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland to mark the final countdown to kick-off.

The company also searched the globe to find 48 children who will each deliver the official match ball to games during Rugby World Cup 2015. Thirteen year-old Fijian schoolboy Manueli Rauqeuqe won the honour of delivering the first ball of the Tournament when his country meets home nation England for the opening game at Twickenham.



Delivering Rugby World Cup 2015 – Tournament logistics in numbers:

  • 48,200 kilos of team freight from the 20 participating nations is being delivered for the Tournament, with 26 eighteen-ton vehicles covering about 57,000 road miles over the event’s duration
  • DHL will be relocating team equipment 192 times, and deliver 300 official match balls and 20 sets of uprights, to the 13 match venues
  • Training equipment is being delivered to teams across 38 training venues throughout the Tournament, to include 2,140 drinks bottles, 1,750 bibs, 1,200 cones, 560 tackle suits, 307 hit shields, 196 tackle bags and 20 scrum machines
  • DHL has delivered over 400,000 tickets internationally to more than 160 countries, of the 2.4 million tickets being sold; the furthest delivery was to Invercargill in New Zealand, almost 12,000 miles from London


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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialised solutions for growth markets and industries including e-commerce, technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than €56 billion in 2014.

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

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Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel

The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. 

KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management. 

"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive. 

After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total. 

"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme 

Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners. 

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”. 

As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030. 

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