DHL is to carry out a study into city logistics for China’s fourth largest city, Chengdu, which has a population of more than 14 million people.
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation will focus on the analysis of the supply chain of fast-moving consumer goods from various sectors such as super markets, wholesale markets and franchised stores.
A key element will be analysis of traffic flows of goods in and out of the city and between its districts to reduce congestion, improve quality of air, and increase logistics efficiency.
DHL has done a lot of work on urban freight centres that decrease freight traffic, increase the quality of air, improve efficiency, reliability, service quality and offer a better control of the logistic processes by a higher visibility of the supply chain.
Chen Zhongwei, Chief Logistics Commission Chengdu, said: “The ideal flow of goods and services in urban areas is not only raising its living standard but also its competitive advantage.”
The agreement was signed by the mayor of Chengdu, which is the capital of Sichuan State in south west China. and Deutsche Post DHL’s CEO Frank Appel.
“With the research, DHL will be able to gain a good understanding of the challenges of the Chinese city to develop a tailor-made city logistics solution that meets Chengdu’s specific needs and can also be seen as a model for other megacities in China. The eventual implementation of this solution could be a key success factor for the region and will help making the best use of its enormous business potential”, said Jörg Hanser, director solutions & innovation at DHL.