DHL provides Transaid with a global scale
DHL Supply Chain has become a full member of transport and logistics charity Transaid this week, joining a select group of industry champions which have committed to supporting the charity’s work.
The group provide core funding which allows Transaid to complete life –saving work in the developing world. Member companies, which includes Norbert Dentressangle, MAN Truck & Bus, Iveco, Volvo Trucks and Jaguar Land Rover, can be called upon to contribute directly towards Transaid’s work by providing volunteers to take part in technical secondments overseas.
Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid, says: “Securing the backing of the world’s largest logistics provider is a fabulous endorsement of everything we have been working hard to achieve. DHL’s commitment brings global scale and an employee culture dedicated to volunteering.”
“In making today’s announcement we’re putting our shoulder to the wheel and declaring our commitment to making a real difference to Transaid’s projects,” added Graham Inglis, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Supply Chain Europe. “Transaid is a huge success story for the UK road transport and logistics industry and by exploiting our global scale I’m confident we can contribute to helping save even more lives in Africa.”
Prior to becoming a member, representatives of DHL took part in Transaid’s overseas challenges including Cycle Tanzania in 2010 and Cycle Madagascar in 2011, plus participating in the Transaid Professional Driver Training Consortium, donating money and raffle prizes to Transaid.
As part of its new membership, DHL will leverage its own resources to provide additional backing to Transaid, with specialists within the organisation providing valuable strategic and HR advice as the charity continues to grow.
DHL also plans to field teams in the upcoming Transaid fundraising events which include a cycle ride from London to Amsterdam and The Big Walk to a Small Pub.
Since the beginning of 2012 Transaid has significantly increased the scope of its work, from 11 active projects to 17, with teams now working in nine countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
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