Logistics Focus: DHL Supply Chain
DHL Supply Chain, founded in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn, is a leading logistics company that provides innovative solutions for businesses.
DHL operates in over 220 countries and territories, delivering 1.5bn parcels a day as well as providing specialist and innovative solutions for complex logistic challenges for events.
Through innovative technology and passionate experts DHL’s 2020 strategy aims to create economic, social and environmental value for its stakeholders and the planet under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) - “Living Responsibility”.
To date DHL has implemented three initiatives to create economic social and environmental value:
- GoGreen – aiming to lead the way towards a greener and more sustainable future.
- GoHelp – providing the united nations (UN) with skilled and efficient disaster management support.
- GoTeach – aiming to improve education and future opportunities for young people.
With the importance of sustainability continuing to grow, DHL aims to keep sustainable practice at the forefront of its operations. Between now and 2050, DHL has set science-based targets to reduce its emission, with a vision for the future to be a benchmark for responsible business practices. “From now until 2050, our mission will be to drive our business toward zero emissions logistic. We are setting the standard for the future of the transport sector and doing our part to help the world community reach its goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius" said CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group, DR. Frank Appel.
This dynamic, global supply chain is renowned for its innovative thinkers, makers and pioneers that constantly challenge what is possible. The company’s latest project includes collaborations with Airbus Defence and Space to develop Astrobotic’s lunar delivery services.
DHL will provide logistic services for the spacecraft and its customer payloads, ensuring that all materials for the lunar lander and the ‘space freight’ arrive safely and on time.
Did you know?
DHL Supply Chain has 380,000 employees, 98,478 vehicles, 7,800 e-bikes and a revenue of €61.5bn (US467.5bn) – 2018.
Image Source: Deutsche Post AG - DHL Media Centre
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.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany