Top 10 Logistics Leaders: Oscar de Bok
De Bok has held leadership positions at DHL for over 20 years. He is the CEO of DHL Supply Chain and Member of the Board of Deutsche Post DHL Group. Having served in his current role since October 2019, De Bok has worked and lived in several different countries across the globe.
De Bok remains passionate about his organisation’s people and the technologies that have the potential to transform the world and day-to-day lives.
Upon his appointment to the Deutsche Post DHL Group Board, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “Oscar de Bok successfully led DHL Supply Chain businesses in both Asia Pacific and Europe which makes him the right person at the right time to continue the journey of growing our logistics business through operational excellence, accelerated digitalisation, employee engagement and customer-centricity.”
He is also a graduate of the University of Groningen and a passionate sailor.
About DHL Supply Chain
DHL Supply Chain is the world’s leading contract logistics provider. Combining value-added and management services with traditional fulfilment and distribution, the company’s customised, integrated logistics solutions drive efficiency, improve quality and create competitive advantage.
DHL Supply Chain provides specialist, proven expertise within the Automotive, Consumer, Chemicals, Energy, Engineering & Manufacturing, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Retail and Technology sectors. DHL Supply Chain has over 1,400 warehouses and offices, as well as a presence in 55 countries and territories.
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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