Logistics Link Live set to kick off
Some of the biggest leaders in the logistics world will be on hand from June 8-9 at the Logistics Link Live in the UK.
Events in the logistics tradeshow include:
Customer driven supply chain – responding to new distribution requirements and customer needs
Chris Dyson, head of supply chain – south west Europe, Nokia Siemens Networks.
Reverse Logistics – Managing costs, cashing in on benefits
Isolating the business drivers for reverse logistics and the impact that e-commerce has had on managing the costs of returns? Home based vs stores based delivery and returns; maximising the efficiency of warehousing strategies for maximum cost-savings. Ian Rusher, head of global reverse logistics, Cisco; Senior representative, ASDA; chair: Professor John Cullen, associate dean for knowledge exchange, University of Sheffield.
Trends, issues and challenges in Supply Chain Management and Logistics for 2011 and beyond
Professor Alan Braithwaite, chairman – LCP Consulting, Visiting Professor – Cranfield School of Management.
Maximizing cost reduction and operational efficiency in global logistics
Reviewing strategies and processes to maximise efficiency and spending in operations and distribution.
Streamlining warehouse processes to improve operational efficiency and customer service.
Automating your warehouse to drive down costs and improve efficiency; aligning warehouse and distribution needs and practices; lessons to learn.
Eco-friendly logistics – evaluating costs, illuminating benefits
Green fleets of the future – what’s on the horizon? Managing the costs of “green” distribution; reducing food miles with competitor collaboration. Chair: Roddy Martin, SVP – Global Supply Chain, CCI.
RFID – Benchmarking improved warehouse operations and inventory control
Harris Makatsoris, senior lecturer – manufacturing and engineering systems, Brunel University.
Increasing collaboration with suppliers and customers to manage transport costs more effectively
Working more closely with your partners to identify opportunities for further cost reduction; reviewing your service level agreements and establishing whether there is a clear business case to pass some of your costs onto your customers.
For more information, check out the event listing here.
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.