May 17, 2020

MVEC focuses on military supply chain

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Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference to focus on the “Complete Military Supply Chain”
The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announced that the agenda for the Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference (Cobo Convent...

The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announced that the agenda for the Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference (Cobo Convention Center, Detroit, Mich., Aug. 9-11) has been expanded to include additional advanced technology workshops, presentations and hands-on demonstrations to further support the event’s “Complete Military Supply Chain” focus.

“As more of the military vehicle supply chain becomes reliant on advanced technology, particularly for resetting current vehicle fleets, decision makers need up-to-the-minute information about specific technology developments,” Luis Hernandez, Senior Program Director at IDGA, said. “With its expanded technology focus, MVEC is the ideal venue for military and non-military procurement and logistics professionals to connect directly with technology and vehicle system developers, manufacturers, OEMs and component suppliers.”

The largest stand-alone military vehicle exhibition in the United States, MVEC 2011 brings together more than 3,000 military vehicle supply chain professionals. With a thematic focus on resetting current vehicle fleets, MVEC 2011 addresses mission-critical initiatives including:

  • Synchronizing the plans and actions of all agencies involved In procurement, integration, sustainability and management of vehicles
  • Advancing research and development to ensure that vehicles have the necessary armor and weapons as well as the power and capacity to maneuver them
  • Resetting and retrofitting vehicles with mission critical technology, including communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment

In addition to technology product and service demonstrations by more than 260 exhibitors, MVEC’s expanded Conference and Exhibition Presentation Theater agendas cover a wide variety of vehicle technology development topics including:

  • Retrograde and reset
  • Vehicle needs for current border and homeland security efforts
  • Engineering for weight and fuel consumption
  • Advanced displays
  • Armor and climate durability
  • Electronic power conversion
  • Alternative energy
  • Autonomic logistics
  • 2nd generation renewable energy systems with integrated power systems
  • Lightweight and volumetrically-efficient structures

Edited by Kevin Scarpati

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

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Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

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. 


Public-Private Partnerships

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.

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