DHL Freight has been awarded an extension of its contract with the BMW Group and will continue to manage the vehicle manufacturer's overland transport in 17 countries.
As a result of the tender, DHL Freight also won an expansion of the collaboration, taking on supply chain management of the BMW Group in seven additional areas.
A new DHL Freight custom-made logistics solution was successfully implemented as part of the contract conclusion.
"This achievement represents another step towards Freight 2020, our strategy to become the provider of choice in overland transport by offering the best quality and reliability for the customers who depend on us," said Uwe Brinks, DHL Freight.
"With BMW, we set out to create a solution specifically designed for their needs, one that would provide complete transparency throughout the supply chain, allowing the customer a consolidated overview of extremely complex processes.
“We have achieved this with Connected Supply Chain, a solution that gives BMW and their partners at DHL Freight the ability to manage potential issues and identify opportunities for further optimisation."
DHL said Connected Supply Chain (CSC) depicts the entire supply chain digitally, delivering real-time, end-to-end visibility and management control to all relevant stakeholders. Aspects such as order and status data are visible via a central portal, and orders receive a single reference number from beginning to end.
Drivers can access the system via a mobile application designed specifically for them. DHL Freight's solution was developed together with AXIT, a specialist for in cloud-based IT solutions for managing cross-enterprise logistics processes, in order to feed CSC with the relevant information.
The transparency and control afforded by CSC give BMW a real-time overview of developments. They can identify potential risks or emergency situations immediately and rapidly counteract them with the support of DHL Freight.
As part of the solution, DHL Freight has established a Control Tower, where all streams of goods in Europe are monitored, providing a unique opportunity to consolidate complex data and identify areas where operations may be optimised.
BMW can thereby identify potential for savings and monitor the performance of suppliers and carriers in real-time.
DHL Freight's new contract with the BMW Group covers the management of about 90,000 shipments per month within a simultaneously dependable and highly flexible network. Temperature-controlled shipping and dedicated transports are available in all areas covered by the contract.