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2018/06/04/(Mon)

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

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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

2018/05/26/(Sat)

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

2018/05/15/(Tue)

DHL Supply Chain introduces end-to-end supply chain visibility platform [Integrator]

MySupplyChain provides comprehensive supply chain management and business intelligence insights to drive competitive advantage

DHL Supply Chain announced the availability of its latest customer technology platform, MySupplyChain. The secure and easy-to-use platform integrates data from DHL Supply Chain applications, providing customers with complete supply chain visibility, accessible online anytime, anywhere, through a single login. MySupplyChain will be available to applicable customers in North America in June, with further regional rollouts to follow.

Through one comprehensive and customizable platform, MySupplyChain allows customers to access track-and-trace data, inventory, operational performance and reporting, business analytics, customer service and more from any desktop or mobile device. MySupplyChain users gain end-to-end visibility of global supply chain operations - from shipments entering the warehouse to final delivery - all in near real time. With this complete view of network-wide inventory positions and warehouse-level order statuses, customers can leverage up-to-date data to identify insights that drive continuous improvement and competitive advantage.

"Through MySupplyChain, DHL Supply Chain is helping customers successfully manage the complexity and maximize the efficiency of supply chain operations," said Sally Miller, CIO, DHL Supply Chain, North America. "Users will no longer have to access and interpret disparate systems to navigate their supply chain demands and analytics. Rather, this platform provides the whole picture, enabling customers to be agile and flexible."

The new globally standardized platform is a key component of DHL Supply Chain's digitalization strategy, enabling customers with end-to-end supply chain visibility. Piloting of MySupplyChain began in early 2018, and the new platform is currently serving nearly 500 users across more than 30 customer accounts. DHL Supply Chain plans to continuously evolve MySupplyChain, including further technology integrations, customer personalization capabilities and more.

Posted at 21:37   パーマリンク

Digital Transformation: Kuehne + Nagel launches KN SwiftLOG, a digital platform for e-fulfilment centres [Integrator]

Scalable platform powered by JDA Warehouse Management with global reach
Designed for omni-channel fulfilment
Advanced picking enhancement technologies embedded
First successful implementation in China

As digitalisation and e-commerce are fundamentally transforming warehousing and distribution, Kuehne + Nagel is launching its new global warehouse management system (WMS) KN SwiftLOG, a scalable platform with global reach, powered by market-leading JDA Warehouse Management.

Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics, says: ”Consumer and business requirements are rapidly changing. Anticipating these trends we constantly adapt the physical and logical organisation of our fulfilment centres and enhance our management warehouse systems. New key variables are process digitalisation, change in order profile, opportunistic inventory allocation and speed. Our customers will benefit from a state-of-the-art platform in the market, which is currently the most important single investment in contract logistics at Kuehne + Nagel.”

KN SwiftLOG represents a new mark in the logistics industry, confirming Kuehne + Nagel’s leadership in advanced technology. JDA Warehouse Management, extended by Kuehne + Nagel features and expertise, generates a unique digital solution, to form a best-in-class platform for omni-channel fulfilment. It is offering specific industry vertical templates.

KN SwiftLOG will become the global standard of Kuehne + Nagel, upgrading more than 400 fulfilment centres across the world. The major advanced picking enhancement technologies and communication platforms to exchange data with the major e-commerce players are already embedded.

“We are pleased to power KN SwiftLOG with our best-in-class JDA Warehouse Management solution, which is facilitating digital transformation for some of the most complex supply chain environments around the world,” said Girish Rishi, Chief Executive Officer, JDA. “JDA has a long track record of delivering WMS solutions for some of the most complex and variable warehouse operations, including third-party logistics, food and beverage, consumer products, retail, and life sciences industries.”

The first implementation was successfully realised in China with an omni-channel distribution centre for a major fashion brand.

Posted at 21:35   パーマリンク

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