Procurement Scotland made the appointment at a time when the Scottish public sector is under particularly tight budget constraints.
The hope is that DHL’s services will result in significant savings for the country’s public sector.
Under the contract, DHL will provide courier services for a range of organizations, including same day, overnight and international deliveries for central government, local government, universities and colleges, the fire service, police force, charities and the NHS at pre-agreed rates.
The company won the contract following a competitive tender process.
Prior to the agreement, DHL held several Scottish Government courier contracts, such as the transportation of election ballot boxes.
Manish Joshi, managing director, Same Day for DHL Express UK, said: “This is a very important time for the Scottish public sector to be reviewing its partners to ensure it is getting the most cost effective and efficient service.”
Some of the deliveries that DHL will be making include collections from the Glasgow blood bank to Dumfries Royal Infirmary. As of October 1, deliveries from over 80 sites around the Grampian region are being delivered to labs in Aberdeen to ensure they can operate more efficiently.
Edited by Darrel Moore
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