FedEx marks European Growth Milestone
FedEx Express has reached a significant milestone in its European growth programme by opening its 100th new station in Seville, southern Spain.
As a result of the FedEx growth programme, over 3,600 team members have been added across Europe and intra-country services have been rolled out in 13 countries. The landmark announcement comes as FedEx unveils phase two of its business plan for Europe; phase one involved business expansion and acquisitions that started in October 2011.
David Binks, FedEx Express President EMEA, said: "Over a hundred new stations added across Europe means more local expertise, more local access to global markets and more business solutions.
“We’ve accomplished our mission to lay the foundations for our growth programme. Now it's time to take our business to the next level."
A New Chapter Announced
FedEx Express has launched the second phase of its European growth programme – to go beyond physical infrastructure investments and focus on optimising all the capabilities that are now in place.
Binks said: “FedEx has been innovating and capitalising on market trends for over 40 years – it’s in our DNA. With an improving European outlook, our expanded network and new capabilities, we are in an ideal position to provide more solutions for our customers, backed by the renowned FedEx commitment to quality and customer experience.
“Ultimately, we want FedEx in a position of trust with our customers – where we move beyond services and into solutions to help them realise their own business aspirations.”
FedEx customers in Europe are benefiting from more localised connections to 90 percent of the world’s GDP within just one to two business days. As with all other FedEx stations already operating in Europe, this expansion gives businesses access to FedEx Express next-business-day deliveries to and from Europe or in two days for main intercontinental destinations.
This is as well as economy services at competitive rates to Europe, North America, Latin America or Asia. Coupled with the new intra-country services, FedEx is offering a one stop shop for businesses to effectively reach both local and international markets.
This landmark in the FedEx growth programme comes as current data indicate that Europe’s economy is showing positive signs of recovery in the aftermath of the financial crisis. According to forecasts from the European Commission, GDP will expand by 1.5% in 2014 and by 2.0% in 2015 across the EU 28. In the final three months of 2013, the Eurozone economy grew by 0.3% – up from 0.1% growth in the previous quarter.
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.