Sep 17, 2020

DHL: The Logistics Firm Behind The New James Bond Film

DHL
Logistics
James Bond
Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
DHL: The Logistics Firm Behind The New James Bond Film
With the new James Bond film set to be released in cinemas in November, Supply Chain Digital examines DHL’s role in making the film a success...

Since Casino Royale’s release in 2006, DHL’s logistics experts have been in charge of the transport and logistics solutions centered around the production of the Bond films. DHL has played an influential role in assisting the production of the film from transporting the iconic Aston Martin to key props, DHL ensured everything was delivered on time.

The new James Bond film, ‘No Time to Die’ was pushed back from its April release to the 12th November as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group, commented: “Timeliness and precision are crucial for blockbuster productions of this magnitude. Thanks to our international network and the well-orchestrated processes carried out by our respective air, ocean, and road freight teams, DHL is positioned to fulfil those requirements and accomplish such an extraordinary project. We are proud to have supported the James Bond films for the fifth time.”

As the Logistics Partner, DHL ensured that both filming units always had the correct equipment available at the right time and place. This included a number of different filming locations, such as Norway, Jamaica and Italy, in addition to all over the UK.

“We are essentially a one-stop shop for anything a film project needs, whether by road, air, or sea, we are focused on keeping production moving,” added John Meller, Project Lead No Time To Die Logistics at DHL. “For urgent or last-minute shipments we also use our Express network. To keep pace with the strict and ever-changing international regulations for cargo, we have to stay ahead of the curve and really put our logistics expertise to work. It has been a great opportunity to once again show what we can deliver. We care deeply about the material entrusted to us.”

Image: Deutsche Post DHL Group 

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
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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