DHL - the world's leading contract logistics provider
The company combines value-added mana...
The logistics giants, DHL, operates a host of divisions. Here, Supply Chain Digital zones in on its supply chain.
The company combines value-added management services with traditional fulfillment and distribution, with its customised, integrated logistics solutions driving efficiency, enhancing quality and creating a competitive advantage.
Operating with a lean approach, DHL has its finger on the pulse and is quick to respond to the latest changes in the supply chain industry. Catering to a range of sectors such as automotive, consumer, energy & chemicals, engineering & manufacturing, life sciences & healthcare, retail and technology, DHL Supply Chain is versatile. With every industry different, it’s important there is no 'one way suits all' approach.
DHL Supply Chain provides a comprehensive suite of robust solutions and services that maximise the benefits of outsourcing some or all of companies’ logistics operations. The solutions are: transport, warehousing, management, integrated as well as offering additional services.
The company’s transport solutions enable businesses to maintain high levels of service and reliability as well as gaining full visibility into product movements. DHL also seeks to reduce transportation costs through devising a combination of systems, carriers and resources to meet specific needs.
Its solutions improve inventory efficiency and accelerates the response to changing customer demand. DHL’s experts design, implement and operates versatile warehousing and distribution solutions that meet specific business needs. From there, every point in the supply chain is analysed to determine the optimal solution.
With technology playing an increasing role in businesses’ operations, DHL Supply Chain offers its customers the opportunity to benefit from technology advances and investments as it consistently seeks new ways to introduce new technological solutions.
Consulting and management services are available as stand-alone offerings or as add-ons to our transport or warehousing solutions.
DHL’s integrated solutions provide flexibility, efficiency and cost benefits across the entire end-to-end supply chain. Operations are simplified and the business becomes stronger and more efficient.
Offering over 250 service options that in tandem with other solution offerings provide the flexibility to address individual logistics needs.
Did you know?
DHL Supply Chain operates in over 55 countries and territories and has 1,400 warehouses & offices.
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DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.