Deutsche Post DHL honours innovators in the logistics industry
Under the slogan of Growing Ideas, the DHL Innovation Awards were presented in the DHL Innovation Centre in Troisdorf near Bonn in Germany last week. The annual presentation recognises groundbreaking logistics solutions in the categories of Most Innovative Customer, Most Innovative Scientist and Most Innovative Employee. The categories of Most Innovative Young Scientist and Special Award come with cash prizes totaling Euro 10,000.
“Every day globalisation creates new challenges for the logistics industry,” Deutsche Post CEO Frank Appel said. “We are determined to continue playing a pioneering role in innovative logistics solutions. The Innovation Award honours special developments, publicises them and helps putting good ideas into practice.”
With the Innovation Day and the presentation of the Innovation Award, Deutsche Post DHL underscores the meaning of innovation, which is also a critical component of the Group’s Strategy 2015. As part of Strategy 2015, the new business unit of DHL Solutions & Innovation was created. It bundles the technological activities of individual DHL units and assimilates the experience of the DHL Innovation Centre.
The podium discussion held during the Innovation Day was attended by leading business, scientific and societal representatives, while the Innovation Centre’s 18 partners presented trend-setting applications and technologies in the Innovation Exhibit. The displays included the RFID Village, digitalSTROM and special temperature measurements for goods. The presentation of the Innovation Award, attended by around 250 guests, closed the Innovation Day.
Airbus was named the Most Innovative Customer this year. The aviation company was prepared to work with Deutsche Post DHL on a completely new type of solution for the aviation industry and to put it into operation during an early stage of development. The heart of the award-winning concept is the control tower, through which all transports by Airbus are handled and with which the transparency and process management of goods transportation are improved, and supply costs are lowered, according to the jury.
The prize for the Most Innovative Senior Scientist for 2009 was presented to Professor Dr. Hans-Christian of the Technical University of Darmstadt for his Logbook project. The award for the Most Innovative Junior Scientists was presented this year to Adam Crossno of Irving, Texas. Deutsche Post DHL recognised him for developing FlightSafe – a holistic solution for tracking and tracing air freight.
The Special Award was presented to the DHL support project known as the German Youth Research Competition. The winning team, Christian Wassermann of Wietmarschen and Sven Krummen of Lingen, secured first place with a ‘diatom creation’ that could provide special stability during transports.
The award for the Most Innovative Employee is designed for the employees of Deutsche Post DHL and was awarded to two teams this year. Employees from Germany impressed the jury with their video coding tunnel that facilitates the exchange of codes among several mail centres and improves the utilisation of video-coding employees in the process. The DHL team from Finland was recognised for developing new plastic pallets that can be optimally stacked. This ensures that the trucks’ loading capacity is completely used and that goods are transported in a more efficient and environmentally conscious manner. Deutsche Post DHL is currently testing the system in a pilot project in Scandinavia.