May 24, 2021

Marelli partners with DHL to deliver logistics solutions

DHL
Marelli
Supplychain
Logistics
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Marelli, a supplier in the automotive industry, is partnering with DHL Supply Chain to deliver logistics solutions as part of a five-year agreement.

Marelli, an automotive supplier, has announced today that it is partnering with DHL Supply Chain to deliver logistics solutions in a new 5-year agreement. Working together, the two companies aim to transform their supply chain operations in North America. The partnership also hopes to drive sustainable best practices, overall efficiency, cost savings throughout the region.

DHL will oversee Marelli’s supply chain operations as the fourth-party logistics provider (4PL). By eliminating multiple carriers and improving saturation rates, DHL says that transportation cost “will be reduced”, resulting in fewer carbon emotions. 

Improved supply chain efficiency and visibility 

The use of common tools and technology will improve the efficiency and visibility of the supply chain, while Marelli’s customer base will benefit from improved delivery times and real-time inventory tracking, DHL says. 

“Our partnership with DHL will provide us with a competitive and sustainable logistics cost model and deliver a step-change in savings to truly transform our supply chain. In addition to the economies of scale realized by working with a single-source supplier, we will benefit from coordinated bidding, freight volume management, tracking and tracing, industrial engineering support, and a robust digital platform, all provided by DHL”, said Bharat Vennapusa, Head of Transformation for Marelli in North America.

President of Transportation for DHL Supply Chain North America, Jim Monkmeyer, pointed out the importance of valuing customers. He said: “At DHL Supply Chain, we truly believe in putting our customers at the core of everything we do, leveraging our industry-leading supply chain and logistics resources with a firm belief in continuous innovation to offer our customers the most advanced technologies to improve their business.

“We are confident that through our management, industrial engineering, and robust digital platform capabilities, we can strengthen Marelli's commitment to offering automotive sector solutions with the reliability and flexibility today's customers expect”, he said.

 

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

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Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
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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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