The DHL Innovation Centre has been extended by a “Hands-on Lab” where the group is now presenting developments for which test runs are about to begin. In addition, pre-series products are on display which were designed in the innovation centre’s own laboratory.
One example for the prototypes displayed in the Hands-on Lab is “digitalStrom”, an intelligent control system for electricity consumption. The “Cargoguard Safebox”, which secures shipments by means of an electronic seal, is another development.
The centre, just outside Bonn, has been running for three years and is visited by some 10,000 people a year. It has now been integrated into the newly established DHL Solutions & Innovations unit, which bundles all innovation-related activities within DHL.
Petra Kiwitt, head of DHL Solutions & Innovations, said: “It is essential for the success of our development work that we provide solutions which reflect the needs of our customers. We therefore have integrated the DHL Innovation Centre into the DHL Solutions & Innovations unit, thus ensuring that requests from each DHL business unit and various industry sectors will be incorporated into the development processes at a very early stage.”