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New DHL Americas Innovation Center to promote future of logistics [Integrator]


DHL Innovation Center in Chicago will spearhead development of future logistics and supply chain solutions in the Americas region
State-of-the-art facility to open its doors to customers and partners summer 2019 providing an inspiring and interactive visitor experience
DHL is shaping the future of logistics, working on the technologies to drive customer-centric innovation

DHL will expand its global innovation footprint to the Americas region by breaking ground for its new Americas Innovation Center in Rosemont, Illinois, which will offer unique insights into the future of logistics. Joining the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Germany, and the Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Singapore, the Americas Innovation Center will exhibit the technologies and innovations in logistics that DHL is already implementing across the region, and will foster the development of future logistics and supply chain solutions while serving as a regional platform for collaborative innovation. The opening is planned for summer 2019.

"With our third Innovation Center worldwide, we will be able to create a platform for research and collaborative innovation between DHL customers, start-ups, academia, industry partners, and innovation experts in the Americas region," commented Matthias Heutger, SVP, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL. "This visionary innovation center will further promote and nurture our worldwide leading position as the logistics innovation frontrunner in one of our key markets. It will also help us to further build on successful partnerships that we have established with technology leaders and innovative start-ups in the region."

DHL's logistic innovations footprint in the Americas
As a global leader in logistics, DHL continuously evaluates its innovative customer-centric solutions, already implementing advanced technologies in all of its operations to boost productivity and serve the evolving needs of customers.

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, has seen average productivity increases of 15 percent in trials of augmented reality technology in warehouses, with smart glasses that provide visual displays of order picking instructions and item locations. It has also deployed drones with surveillance cameras to ramp up security at warehousing sites in Brazil and Mexico.

Robotics, ranked the most important physical technology with 63 percent in a recent global survey by DHL of about 350 supply chain and operations professionals, also play a significant role in DHL's innovation activities. DHL Supply Chain uses collaborative robots designed to help with repetitive and precise tasks, such as picking and packing, in a number of its North American warehouses.

DHL Global Forwarding, the leading specialist in air and ocean transport, and DHL Express, the world's leading international express delivery company, also use virtual reality and artificial intelligence in countries like the United States and Chile for employee training programs and to optimize customer service.

Visions, Trends, Solutions - A physical representation of innovation in logistics
The new Americas Innovation Center will house DHL's logistic innovations and robotics, and will offer customers and partners a peek into the future of logistics, showcasing visions of what the world and its transport infrastructure might look like in 2050, as well as the latest technology trends in robotics and automation, artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, the Internet of Things, and virtual reality - all of which are already being tested or implemented by the Group.

"Rosemont is a central destination for businesses to meet and connect thanks to our strategic location between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the City of Chicago, and we're thrilled to have DHL mark our Village as a new destination for technology and innovation," said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. "Companies look for ideas on the newest trends in this digital era, and now they can come here to look into the future of logistics."

On a surface area of 24,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art facility can host trend and innovation events for up to 300 guests with high-tech features, futuristic designs, an impressive foyer and inspiring meeting spaces that will be available to the public.

"Inspire, connect and engage - these are the main goals we pursue with our innovation centers. While inspiring our visitors in a unique environment and connecting them with logistics and innovation experts, we aim to support strategic customer engagement that has the potential to create new business and leverage thought leadership to explore the different ways in which technological development can benefit DHL and our customers in the future. Our new Americas Innovation Center - in close proximity to some of the world's most dynamic technology and innovation hubs - will help us to shape the future of logistics," added Heutger.

Posted at 21:12   パーマリンク


Panalpina is CTPAT re-validated by the US Customs and Border Protection [Forwarder]

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is part of the US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy.
Last month, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) carried out an audit and re-validation of Panalpina’s CTPAT standing as a consolidator and broker.

Many of Panalpina’s customers shipping to or from the US require the CTPAT certification, and over 500 monitor Panalpina’s status via the CTPAT web-based portal system to ensure our good standing.

The CBP officers who carried out the audit praised Panalpina for its best practices in the risk assessment process throughout the supply chain (including Security Risk Assessment and trucking subcontractor audits). They also commended Panalpina’s Miami facilities for having a class A certification from the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA).

Other best practices from a procedural standpoint noticed by the CBP were Panalpina’s human resources security policies, the company’s Driver Security Awareness Program, its unique forklift key control log and the 7-point container security inspection.

“It is a well-earned achievement to have not only zero negative findings but also a notable best-in-class assessment,” says Pablo Suarez, Panalpina’s regional head of security Americas. “Any negative reporting and program suspension from CTPAT would result in a flurry of customer inquiries and cargo movement suspensions that would be unacceptable to Panalpina.”

Another bonus point was Panalpina’s use of BSI, iJET and Sensitech products for intelligence gathering and information sharing. “With these tools we get timely information on events such as hijackings, criminal trends, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, blockades and protests across the world, which is assessed and relayed to regional heads of security to take proactive measures,” adds Kevin Johnson, corporate head of supply chain security at Panalpina.

Panalpina went beyond the required steps and showed the CBP officers additional measures it takes to maintain security throughout the supply chain including its e-learning security training, warehouse security and cyber security initiative.

“This shows how proactive and engaged Panalpina is in protecting their supply chain,” says Raymond Monzon, US Customs/CTPAT supply chain security specialist, who was in charge of the review.

While Panalpina’s security team led the initiative, it also engaged colleagues from the company’s different products during the process.

In years past, the re-validation has taken place in Jordan, Malaysia and different countries in Europe. This year, CBP selected Panalpina’s Miami hub in the United States although the review remains global in scope.


CTPAT is a public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain.

When an entity joins CTPAT, an agreement is made to work with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Participants must address a broad range of security topics and present security profiles that list action plans to align security throughout the supply chain.

CTPAT members are considered to be of low risk, and are therefore less likely to be examined at a US port of entry. Other benefits include taking an active role in working closer with the US Government in border control.

Furthermore, members are recognized as trusted trade partners by foreign customs administrations that have signed mutual recognition agreements with the United States.

Other benefits of the program include shorter wait times at the border, the assignment of a supply chain security specialist to the company, access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lanes at the land borders, business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack, eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA), and priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise.


Posted at 22:08   パーマリンク


DHL strengthens Latin America presence by acquiring Suppla Company in Colombia [Integrator]

Acquisition is enabling DHL Supply Chain to gain a competitive footprint in Colombia, a country with increasing competitiveness ranking and a favorable environment for foreign investment

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, has acquired Suppla Group, specialized on providing logistics services in Colombia. Suppla is recognized as a premier logistics provider with local expertise and longstanding customer relationships. With an established products portfolio, including warehousing and packaging services across Life Sciences and Healthcare, Retail, Consumer, and Technology sectors, Suppla has a solid business model with experienced management, stable business principles, and structured governance.

With a longstanding expertise as a national logistics provider, Suppla has a solid local presence in five regions and coverage of 25 cities of Colombia, about 500,000 square meters of storage capacity and around 4,500 employees. This experience in local logistics market is enabling DHL Supply Chain to significantly improve its footprint in Colombia.

"The expansion into the developing Andean region in South America, specifically in Colombia, is key to achieve our Strategy 2020 targets and allows us to unlock further growth potential. With Suppla's proven business results, professional operations and a strong overlap to DHL Supply Chain's culture, products, sectors and customers, we are taking one more step to tap the potentials of a promising market environment and be ready to serve our national and international customers", says Javier Bilbao, CEO DHL Supply Chain Latin America.

DHL Supply Chain's services in Colombia currently include Service Logistics operations, supported by a recently inaugurated warehouse in Bogotá. The acquisition will allow DHL Supply Chain to strategically expand its portfolio in the market: "Colombia has ambitious investment programs in the coming years, and we are confident that this acquisition will strengthen our presence to provide integrated and customized solutions to our local and regional customers", adds Bilbao.

"Becoming part of DHL Supply Chain is spectacular news for us," says Robinson Vásquez Escobar, President for Suppla. "Since our founding in 1944, we have developed people, capabilities and geographies throughout out the country. We are looking forward to merge our local market knowledge with the resources and competencies of a global player, projecting our people in the most global logistics company and giving our customers service opportunities beyond our frontiers."

Posted at 14:58   パーマリンク

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