IMPROVING QUALITY OF URBAN LIFE IN 2025 WITH GREEN TRANSPORT INNOVATION
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
Applying the adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link is well suited to any logistics-related discussion. There are compelling opportunities within logistics solutions to strengthen weak links. This is intriguing considering how well-poised the industry is to set global emissions reduction goals.
CIRCULATORY SOLUTIONS, HIGH EXPECTATIONS
“Logistics is like blood in the body — needs to circulate. If it doesn’t circulate, you have a problem,” said Manöella Wilbaut. “In the same way, it’s like breathing: no one wakes up in the morning and says ‘I’m so happy I can breathe!’” We have come to expect lightning-fast delivery from our growing e-commerce habits, while the complexities of the supply chain are not necessarily evident to the average consumer.
COMPETING FOR GREEN
Manöella stressed that the future of logistics is to be more connected, from P2P, B2B, and B2City. With this in mind, DHL is experimenting with urban micro-depots (small, centrally located distribution points) shared with competitors. Other experiments include several creative last-mile delivery methods such as the ‘cubicycle’. “When sharing micro-depots, companies need to be very transparent on what they will do with the shared network, because we can only optimize the network if we’re clear on what we’re doing on the network.”
HOW CAN TRANSPORT INNOVATION HELP US CREATE A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE IN URBAN AREAS?
Fresh ideas from the working session:
You deliver — Delivery from outside to inside of the city without passing through the city. This would eliminate rush hour delivery truck congestion.
Concentration spot — Automated depot for all logistics suppliers. All packages deposited at one spot in a neighbourhood. Pickup and return via personal ID.
Pickup lockers — AI and smartphone data would determine pickup location at a series of lockers based on consumers’ frequently travelled paths. This would avoid the inefficiency of deliveries to empty homes during work hours.
Customers as shareholders — Incubates innovation through community of likeminded customers whose loyalty is rewarded.
DHL’S MISSION FOR 2050: ZERO CO2 EMISSION
Four strategic targets for 2025 to track progress against DHL’s 2050 mission:
1. GLOBAL TARGET: Increase carbon efficiency by 50% over 2007 levels to support the global ambition to limit global warming to well below 2°C.
2. LOCAL TARGET: Improve local quality of life by delivering 70% of first and lastmile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions.
3. ECONOMIC TARGET: More than 50% of sales will incorporate Green Solutions, making customers’ supply chains greener.
4. PEOPLE TARGET: Train 80% of DHL employees to become certified GoGreen specialists and involve them in DHL’s environmental and climate protection activities. This includes joining partners to plant one million trees each year.