DHL Supply Chain has been awarded a long-term contract worth over £100m by Panasonic to manage its warehousing and transport operation.
The contract, which was won as part of a competitive tender, will see DHL assume end-to-end responsibility for Panasonic’s UK supply chain, resulting in increased efficiency, improved services, reduced costs and greater visibility. DHL will carry out order fulfillment of high-end consumer electronic goods, manage a shared warehouse operation and enhance the leading electronics supplier’s domestic transport operation.
Nigel Cowmeadow, chief supply chain officer at Panasonic Europe, commented, “As our business evolves, it was necessary to bring in an innovative logistics specialist who understands the emerging needs of the technology sector. Our business needs the flexibility to adapt to the demands of current and new markets, addressing rapid product lifecycles while consistently improving on our customers’ experience. Panasonic strives to find new ways to deliver customer value and DHL has demonstrated that it is a suitable partner to join us on our journey.”
Paul Richardson, managing director of specialist services at DHL Supply Chain, UK & Ireland, added, “This is a significant solution that has been constructed in a very short timescale. Throughout, we have taken a truly collaborative approach to the project, working in partnership with Panasonic and adding value by exploiting our flexibility, global reach and focus on commercial innovation.”
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has launched a new online tool for analyzing and reporting annual postal emissions. The Online Solution for Carbon Analysis and Reporting (OSCAR) industry is the latest tool offered, free of charge, by the UPU to designated postal operators from its 192 member countries. The tool assists in creating comprehensive reports on greenhouse gas emissions with 20 key carbon performance indicators that enable postal services to track their progress over time, benchmark their performance against industry averages and helps to set reduction targets and offset emissions.
DHL Supply Chain has completed a pilot project using automated robots to assist employees with order-picking tasks at a warehouse in Unna, Germany. Created by French startup, Effidence, the EffiBOT is a fully automated trolley that follows pickers through the warehouse undertaking any physically demanding tasks.
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