DHL marks the start of a unique City Logistics project in China

  • DHL signs Memorandum of Understanding for a City Logistics study with the City of Chengdu
  • Analysis of traffic flows of goods in and out of the city and between its districts
  • Main goals: reduced congestion, increased quality of air, improved efficiency in logistics

Bonn, 07/24/2012, 10:00 AM CEST – One of the main solutions of DHL’s general City Logistics concept approach is the implementation of urban freight centers that significantly decrease freight traffic.

DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation, DHL’s cross-divisional unit providing a single customer interface and developing innovative industry-tailored solutions for the market, will now undertake a comprehensive City Logistics Master Plan Research for Chengdu, China’s fourth largest city with a population of more than 14 million residents. The Memorandum of Understanding for the project was signed and discussed with the mayor of Chengdu during Deutsche Post DHL’s CEO Frank Appel’s recent visit to the city. The strategic cooperation in the field of City Logistics between DHL and Chengdu focuses on the analysis of the supply chain of fast-moving consumer goods from various sectors such as super markets, wholesale markets and franchised stores.

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Offer a better control of the logistic processes

“By 2050, more than 70 per cent of the world population will live in cities, and with our global City Logistics program we develop solutions for more efficient logistics in these growing cities”, says Bill Meahl, Chief Commercial Officer DHL. “Advanced logistics services not only contribute to a better living environment by reducing emissions but also help local businesses achieve their full potential by more efficient transport management.”

One of the main solutions of DHL’s general City Logistics concept approach is the implementation of urban freight centers that significantly decrease freight traffic, increase the quality of air, improve efficiency, reliability, service quality and offer a better control of the logistic processes by a higher visibility of the supply chain.

“DHL’s new cooperation with the City of Chengdu is a great opportunity for us to prove our global capabilities in the increasingly important field of City Logistics. With the research, DHL will be able to gain a good understanding of the challenges of the Chinese city to develop a tailor-made City Logistics solution that meets Chengdu’s specific needs and can also be seen as a model for other megacities in China. The eventual implementation of this solution could be a key success factor for the region and will help making the best use of its enormous business potential”, explains Jörg Hanser, Director Solutions & Innovation at DHL.

Next generation of optimization in urban logistics

“We are very pleased to start this new partnership with DHL, a recognized thought leader in the logistics sector, to face the important challenge of optimizing transport activities in our rapidly growing city. The ideal flow of goods and services in urban areas is not only raising its living standard but also its competitive advantage”, says Chen Zhongwei, Chief Logistics Commission Chengdu.

DHL is already engaged with a number of local governments in municipalities around the world regarding City Logistics. Together with various technical partners – which include Siemens AG, DLR, SAP and Turkcell – the DHL City Logistics teams are working on the next generation of optimization in urban logistics and traffic flows. Having recently participated in several conferences such as the International Transport Forum in Leipzig and the 3rd Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn, DHL has raised the agenda of urban logistics and continues to emphasize the need for improved urban solutions.

Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan State in the southwest of China and one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centers in Western China. Global corporations are increasingly choosing Chengdu as their logistics hub for Western China operations.