DHL unveils new solutions to “drive down” carbon emissions and optimise logistics
DHL has launched two new transport innovations which it claims will help to “drive down carbon emissions, reduce the number of vehicles on roads and deliver cost savings for customers”.
The Connected TMS (Transport Management System) is a digital network that connects DHL customers to the group’s whole transport capability, including sub-contracted partners – thereby allowing planners to create the most efficient networks possible from all the available options. According to DHL, TMS “optimises cost by maximising the use of existing space, reducing empty miles and carbon emissions”.
TMS feeds the optimised routes to drivers and then tracks their journeys. Customer service teams have real-time status updates and proof of delivery, as well as live visibility of challenges, enabling them to find solutions.
DHL said that bringing all the management of transport data in one place will give customers the operational insights they need for better forecasting and planning. And for subcontractors, TMS gives access to work within the DHL network across the UK with minimal administration.
The second innovation announced today is called TRAiLAR. This involves fitting thin film solar mats to vehicle roofs and connecting them to the vehicle’s battery or additional on-board batteries. The solar energy generated is used to power different on-board activities such as tail lifts, reducing overall fuel consumption.
TRAiLAR can be integrated into both trailers and rigid vehicles, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions as well as lower fuel costs and maintenance spend.
DHL said that fuel savings of up to 5.2% were achieved in independent trials at the Millbrook proving ground.
Phil Roe, MD, Network Logistics and Transport, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland: “Ultimately, we need fewer, cleaner and quieter vehicles on the roads. This can be achieved while also helping customers reduce their transport costs. That’s why we’re committed to developing new sustainable transport solutions that can be rolled out across all supply chains for the benefit of the environment, the public and our customers.”
DHL Supply Chain is actively integrating TRAiLAR across its own and customer fleets in the first instance and will extend the roll-out to third parties from 2019 onwards.