DHL offers sustainable spare part delivery solution in urban areas

  • Electric vehicles and network of local distribution centers ensure carbon-efficient deliveries
  • DHL and Renault share expertise on sustainable e-mobility

DHL125Bonn, 06/11/2013, 03:00 PM CEST –

DHL revamps its spare part delivery solution available for aftermarket logistics in the automotive industry by improving delivery times and carbon-efficiency. The company will use its network of local distribution centers and additionally utilize electric vehicles for the delivery of spare parts in metropolises in Europe, Asia and Americas. Here, DHL capitalizes on its cooperation with global vehicle manufacturer Renault, which contributes with know-how on fleet management and electric cars based on the Kangoo model.

Global network of reliable partners

“The challenge of enabling sustainable mobility needs to be tackled by a global network of reliable partners. By intensifying our relation with DHL, we aim to combine both our companies’ know-how and innovation power”, said Uwe Hochgeschurtz, SVP, Renault Corporate Sales Division.

Unlike the common way to deliver spare parts to workshops and car dealers up front based on expected needs, DHL employs just in time deliveries, which reduces stock for manufacturers and car dealers. Like in a modern production plant, material required for maintenance and repair are only ordered when they are needed. Finally, the proximity of logistics facilities ensures that car dealers receive spare parts much more rapidly, often no more than 2.5 hours after placing their order.

The solution is already available in various European cities in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway as well as in Los Angeles, Miami and various Chinese cities. It is based on DHL’s extensive logistics network and cross-divisional collaboration: DHL Supply Chain will be handling warehousing, waste management and order management, while DHL Express will be taking care of the transportation.

Sustainable solution

“Customers’ needs are top priority for vehicle manufacturers and the importance of quality and speed after sale is constantly growing. This also has an impact on logistics. DHL has found a sustainable solution that cuts costs, reduces CO2 emissions and improves quality and speed of delivery. It really benefits every party involved, from manufacturers to car dealers to customers and contributes to the climate protection targets of DHL and our customers”, said Manoella Wilbaut, Global Commercial Developments Director Automotive Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.

Vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers within the Automotive industry share similar concerns regarding sustainable mobility. Likewise to DHL, they have set themselves clear targets and are committed to similar goals: reducing their carbon footprint, improving the quality of their products and services as well as establishing a strong global network. DHL’s partnership with Renault is based on several years of cooperation including sustainability projects such as a supply chain solution for battery systems for electric vehicles. DHL is the leading logistics service provider for the automotive industry, serving major vehicle manufacturers and suppliers worldwide.

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