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 Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
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.
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.