DHL prize for collaborative logistics hub concept

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Felix Häser of Germany has won the DHL Innovation Award for “Improving Cities Efficiency through Logistics” with an idea for “collaborative logistics hubs”.

The idea is that a city defines transfer points which are built on the city limits. All delivery companies are obliged to approach them. At the transfer points the goods are consolidated and then transported by only one exclusive delivery company like DHL via electric vehicles to inner city recipients. Trips are kept to a minimum through efficient consolidation and intelligent route guidance, thereby reducing the traffic burden on inner cities.

The jury evaluated Häser’s idea as “inspiring and scalable” and saw it as a “fundamental change from a push to a pull system.”

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Schmulik Goldfisher from Israel was a double winner, enjoying success in the categories “Green Cities” and “Digital Logistics.”

Schmulik Goldfisher’s idea “Earn as you save program” focuses on optimising the driving behaviour of delivery agents and carriers. A digital speedometer provides constant information – for example about the most efficient route, speed, acceleration – to drive as energy-efficient as possible. Attractive prizes could be used as an incentive for the most efficient driving style. The jury saw this idea as a good contribution for an individual CO2 footprint assessment.

The second award-winning idea from Schmulik Goldfisher – “The Ultimate Delivery Application” – looks at the interaction between DHL and its customers. Via the use of cloud computing and applications for smart phones or computers all relevant information is visible to both the customer and DHL. Access to this data is used to make delivery or pick-up of items more effective, for example through registration of pick-up times, re-routing of items to another address or preliminary notifications. The jury’s assessment: “An easy-to-implement, customer-oriented idea that rebundles and recombines important functionalities.”

In total, 300 people from 170 countries submitted approximately 160 ideas during the six-week contest.

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