DHL opens renovated Innovations Center in Germany

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Deutsche Post DHL has opened its newly redesigned Innovations Center located in Troisdorf, near Bonn, Germany. The center first opened in 2007 and was designed as a space where DHL could work with customers, experts and academics, to pioneer innovative solutions for the postal and logistics sector.

The Innovation Center in Bonn now acts as the laboratory for DHL’s Trend Research team, as well as a space to hold meetings and workshops. Customers can also arrange customized guided tours through the facility’s showroom, which displays a range of modern innovations including a Formula E racing car, a parcel copter, 3D printer and an augmented reality warehouse picking simulation. DHL is currently constructing a second Innovation Center located in Singapore that is scheduled to open later this year.

Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said, “I believe that while capital and experience are undoubtedly important, it is innovative ideas that will steer our future. At DHL, customer-centric innovation is key to two of our major ambitions: firstly, to play a pioneering role in spearheading the global evolution of logistics, which is at the core for the sustainability of our planet; and secondly, to remain the logistics leader by innovating products and services that our customers need most – whether that is to make an e-commerce delivery, design a global supply chain or to ship temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. To achieve this, we will continue to look far into the future, where our goal is to continually strive to convert our innovations into marketable solutions, to make our customers more successful.”

Bill Meahl, chief commercial officer, DHL, said, “Being a frontrunner in innovation has made us a market leader. The objective of the DHL Innovation Centers is to maintain that lead by developing highly innovative products and services based on technological, social and logistics trends of the future.

“The DHL Trend Research team continuously analyses and identifies new developments and their potential impact on the logistics industry along the entire value chain. Together with the Innovation Center’s improved features, they will help us explore new opportunities for our customers and lead our industry. As a trade enabler, innovation in logistics is very powerful as it has the potential to transform industries worldwide.”

May 20, 2015

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