Thursday, 24 November 2011

DHL gets into bed with Nokia Siemens Network over new distribution system in Saudi Arabia

• DHL Express, subsidiary of the Deutsche Post DHL, has signed a three-year agreement with Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) in order to establish a nationwide distribution system of telecommunications in Saudi Arabia. 

The global market leader in express services and parcel delivery is obliged to deliver storage and inventory solutions as well as mobile devices and spare parts across the Saudi Arabic kingdom. Moreover, DHL Express will coordinate customer service activities in a Dubai-based NSN call centre. 

DHL claims that this kind of initiative would confirm significant trends in outsourcing spare parts logistics as Dirk van Doorn, Vice President, Multi-National Companies, DHL Express, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, confirms: 

“(...) The key objective was to enable Nokia Siemens Network and their telecommunications client to focus on core business and competencies.” 

The spare parts will be sourced from 10 different locations in the Saudi Arabia before being reallocated to specifically selected DHL Express multi-use facilities in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran. Originally manufactured in Eastern Europe and China, these parts will also be shipped by the carrier. 

According to Andres Fuentes, Hardware Services Operations Manager (Middle East Centre), Nokia Siemens Networks, “(…) DHL has demonstrated tremendous experience and knowledge in ensuring the success of a robust distribution system for Nokia, Siemens in Saudi Arabia.” 

With the help of the parcel service, DHL Domestic Export, end users will benefit from specific delivery time frames, ranging from 2 to 6 hours. 

Source: DHL / PR Newswire

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

UK ranks 6th amongst World’s Most Connected Countries

~ DHL GCI calls for better connected world in order to improve trade 

“It’s clear that global connectedness has enormous room to expand, even among the most ‘connected’ countries. […] The free trade of products and services contributed significantly to global prosperity.” (Dr Jan Muller, Deutsche Post DHL)

Connectedness, as stated by Dr Jan Muller, proves to be the central part of future economic growth. Recently published research by express delivery and parcel services market leader, DHL, strongly focusses on the “Global Connectedness” of countries. 

Moreover, it emphasises the connection between information, capital, trade and migration. According to DHL Global Connected Index (GCI), this tightknit bond can have a significantly improve trade flows, especially for larger countries. 

Out of 125 ranked countries, the UK came 6th. In fact, it out-ruled its competitors in terms of breadth. High scores were given for the UK’s four main strengths such as information, trade, capital and migration. All of them are closely intertwined contributing to a great breadth. In conjunction with long distance exports with the USA, this special "connectedness" helps the UK in having a high impact on international trade flows.

Beyond that, the UK’s transport and communications structure were ranked second in the world by DHL, the company itself being a prime example for an innovative, highly connected parcel delivery service.

(Source: DHL)