Mar 30, 2012

An Auto-matic Supply Chain

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Supply chain is a highway
Guest contributor: Kaity Nakagoshi Leaders of the Pack The leaders in terms of energy effi...

Guest contributor: Kaity Nakagoshi

Leaders of the Pack

The leaders in terms of energy efficiency models can shed some light on promising new designs.

·         Toyota's Prius is the first gasoline-electric hybrid which has been mass-produced. The Prius gets 51 mpg in urban areas and 48 mpg outside of the city. Toyota's North American Environmental Report states that the car has saved over 900 million gallons of gas and 14 million tons of carbon emissions.

·         GM has decreased manufacturing emissions by 60% since 1990. GM's Chevy Volt allows for 50 miles of purely electric driving from one charge, and after this a small gasoline generator creates electricity for 300 miles more of driving time.

·         BMW has created a new distribution center in Munich which reduces the carbon footprint caused by manufacturing. The building utilizes solar power and natural ventilation systems through well-placed vents and thermal currents.

Driving the Job Market

As the industry leaders strive to meet green standards, new jobs are being created. Over 150,000 workers in the U.S. are employed for the purpose of improving production of cars and trucks. Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina are among the leading states in employing those who work toward a green supply chain. These jobs arise due to the demanding vehicle efficiency standards which are currently driving sustainable innovation forward.


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·         Did Steve Jobs’ Death Shine a Light on the Supply Chain?

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One Step Further

As manufacturers strive to improve their standards while maintaining profitability along the supply chain, some are gaining assistance from energy efficiency alliances. There is a Midwest, Northwest and Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance as well as other groups such as the Sustainability Consortium. Each of these organizations work with businesses to aid in the rapid development of efficient products. Such organizations help with collaboration between governments, business and utility companies, as well as providing current knowledge on regulations and innovative initiatives.

Overall, the auto industry supply chain will be a leader in the upcoming years when it comes to the development of green practices. As consumers increasingly accept the eco-friendly lifestyle as a normal way of life, the reputations of major auto companies can only benefit from discovering profitability in green design. The leaders in the industry are already pushing ahead. Supply chain management will only continue to streamline and advance with the latest alternative strategies.

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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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