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DHL Express officially opens its new Brussels Hub [Integrator]


State-of-the-art hub almost quadruples DHL Express capacity in Brussels
Automated sorting technology allows later pick-up times, additional flexibility and higher service reliability for Belgian shippers

DHL Express opened its new regional hub at Brussels Airport. The state-of-the-art hub is equipped with the most recent logistics technology and will almost quadruple the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels to 42,000 shipments per hour. The hub, an investment of over 140 million euros including lease expenses, has seen the creation of an additional 200 new DHL jobs to date at the airport, three years earlier than initially planned.

Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express said: "Brussels plays a crucial role in the worldwide DHL Express network. Brussels Hub is one of our largest hubs in the world and because of its location in the logistics heart of Europe, it also plays an important role in connecting companies from this region with the world. This new hub is a key part of our worldwide investment plan and will support our growth, the efficiency of our network and the high level of quality for which customers turn to DHL Express."

The new 36,500m² hub (including warehousing and offices) almost quadruples the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels. At full capacity, the hub's two automated sorting systems can process up to 42,000 packages per hour, making it the fifth largest hub in the global DHL network. It offers air and ground links to a broad number of European destinations, as well as direct intercontinental connections to the Americas, Middle East and Africa.

Koen Gouweloose, Vice President of DHL Brussels Hub, said: "This new hub is a great example of some of the latest state-of-the-art logistics technology. It allows us to process even more packages even more quickly and efficiently. As a hub, this allows us to play an important role in the network, while paying close attention to security and working conditions for our 1,200 employees, who are in turn ensuring that our clients are receiving the great service they expect from DHL Express."

At the official opening of the new hub, DHL Express welcomed 200 VIP guests, among them Belgian politicans, including Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Jan Jambon, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services Alexander De Croo, Federal Minister of Mobility François Bellot, and Flemish Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts, and major customers, such as the RSC Anderlecht football club and luxury leatherwear producer Delvaux.

Danny Van Himste, Managing Director of DHL Express Belgium and Luxembourg, said: "The new hub allows us to provide an even better service to our customers. We can help Belgium be even better connected to Europe and the world. We are addressing the needs of customers of all sizes and from all industry sectors in the Belgian market. With the hub giving us extra capacity, speed and flexibility, national borders should be no barrier to our customers."

As part of DHL's GoGreen program the new hub reduces the company's ecological footprint by 768 tons of CO² per year, thanks to its more efficient sorting techniques and better insulation. It is also certified to the TAPA 'A' security standards.

Posted at 22:14   パーマリンク


FedEx Realigns Specialty Logistics And E-Commerce Solutions [Integrator]

FedEx Corp. announced the realignment, beginning March 1, 2018, of its specialty logistics and e-commerce solutions in a new structure under FedEx Trade Networks, Inc. (FTN), creating an organization focused on serving the unique needs of this important growth driver.

“In order to improve our ability to leverage the unique capabilities of our specialty companies, we are realigning several companies in a new organizational structure under FedEx Trade Networks, led by FTN CEO Richard W. Smith,” said David J. Bronczek, president and chief operating officer, FedEx Corporation. “Richard brings a strong background in working with the unique capabilities that have existed in many parts of the FedEx portfolio for several years and is well suited to lead this new organization that will bring these solutions to customers more seamlessly than ever.”

The elements of this organization are as follows:

FedEx Custom Critical1
FedEx Cross Border
FedEx Supply Chain1
FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage
A new company called FedEx Forward Depots with responsibility for Critical Inventory and Service Parts Logistics, 3-D Printing, Repair Center and the FedEx Packaging Lab.
“This realignment under FedEx Trade Networks will allow us to offer customers the full power of our wide array of unique and competitively advantaged customized services in a way that is even more convenient and intuitive,” said Richard W. Smith, CEO, FedEx Trade Networks. “I am delighted to lead this organization of talented FedEx team members in delivering to customers the power of the broad FedEx global portfolio.”

1 FedEx Supply Chain results, currently reported in the FedEx Ground segment, and FedEx Custom Critical results, currently reported in the FedEx Freight segment, will be reported with FedEx Trade Networks in the FedEx Express segment effective March 1, 2018.

Posted at 16:47   パーマリンク


DHL and BVL School of Logistics re-launch their Corporate Automotive Logistics Academy (CALA) [Integrator]


New advanced global qualification program to address the challenges and opportunities of digitalization in automotive logistics
Kick off for the new program will be given in Germany on February 21 with the LAB Industry 4.0

DHL Global Forwarding signed a three-year contract with the BVL School of Logistics to extend its collaboration on the global qualification program for automotive logistics experts. The Corporate Automotive Logistics Academy (CALA), initiated by Volker Oesau, CEO Middle Europe, DHL Global Forwarding, now serves even better the current needs of logistics experts in the automotive sector. For instance, the growing digitalization of the automotive sector and of its supply chains has become an integral part of the program. In the last few years, the first modules were tested in Europe, America and Asia. The findings were integrated into the new concept. For the next three years, CALA will be offering three LABS in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

"With its eight automotive competence centers in the most important automotive countries around the globe and its integrated supply chain management portfolio DHL Global Forwarding is a longlasting and important partner of the automotive sector. CALA reflects our idea to shape our future together. The ongoing interactive LAB process of thinking, acting and reflecting in a group allows all of us to redesign the supply chain in a faster way," explains Volker Oesau, CEO Middle Europe, DHL Global Forwarding.

The automotive industry is facing the greatest transformation in history. Drivers are urbanization, digitalization and climate change. Smart factories must be closely interfaced with smart logistics. Processes, technologies, organizations and culture must be synchronized. This requires additional skills for all parties involved in automotive logistics.

Today, CALA offers three future LABs with premium knowledge, innovative learning formats, think tank rooms and global network options. Each LAB is divided into different didactic steps: a highgrade keynote lecture from top-class professors, industry experts and scientists; a discussion panel to gain the perfect mix of theory and practice; all participants will examine, brainstorm and create fresh ideas as well as first findings in various think tanks. Finally, the first joint experiences and results are presented. At the end of the LAB, the participants receive a certificate. A summary of the LAB is compiled soon after LAB completion.

Kick off for the newly designed global qualification program will be in Germany on February 21. The first LAB looking on Industry 4.0 will be held at the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf. During the one day lasting program managers will be introduced to the dynamic world of digital transformation with the special focus on industry 4.0 applications in automotive production. The participants will get a broad view of the actual developments as well as the trends for the future. Practical examples and experiences from the automotive sector and other leading branches will provide a deeper insight of realistic implementation scenarios for the own company.

"Talent shortfalls in logistics are considered one of the most important challenges in the coming years. CALA's qualification program is the perfect solution to prepare automotive logistics experts for the future. On February 21, 2018, we will start our first LAB on the topic of Industry 4.0 in the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Germany. We look forward to the first LAB experiences," says Prof. Josef Decker, PhD, Academic Director, BVL School of Logistics.

Posted at 21:19   パーマリンク

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