DB Schenker wins five-year Shell Australia contract

DB Schenker, the transportation and logistics arms of Deutsche Bahn, has been awarded a five-year contract to provide international freight forwarding and customs clearance services to Shell Australia, using its global network of specialised Oil and Gas offices.
The operations team in Brisbane, Darwin and Perth will be supported by DB Schenker’s iTeams software, which enables visibility and tracking through the logistics cycle.
“We are proud to continue our global relationship with Shell in Australia to supply both QGC (Queensland Gas Company) in Queensland and the Prelude FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) facility in Western Australia with international freight and customs clearance services,” said Frank Vogel, Director Projects – Oil & Gas, Australia/New Zealand.
“With our dedicated people around the world we have a strong record of operating safely and efficiently even on the most remote sites. This contract will support our goal to become the market leader in the industry by 2020.”

DHL doubles StreetScooter production

Deutsche Post DHL Group will double the production capacity of its own electric vehicles – the StreetScooter electric van – from 10,000 to as many as 20,000 by the end of 2017.
In addition, the company is now also selling its own electric vehicles – which have so far been optimised for postal operations and delivery purposes – to third parties.
At least half of this year’s annual production is planned for external prospective buyers of the vehicles, the company has shared.
In future, DHL hopes to sell its vehicles to municipal authorities, strategic partners and large fleet customers in Germany and the rest of Europe, aiming to at least double its own StreetScooter fleet from the current 2,500 vehicles this year.
“The large demand for the StreetScooter and our own ambitious climate-protection goals have encouraged us to further expand our commitment in the area of electro-mobility and to also make our expertise available to others,” said Jürgen Gerdes, board member for Post – eCommerce – Parcel, Deutsche Post DHL Group.
“As a result, we are confirming our aspiration to remain the engine of electro-mobility and to become market leader in green logistics.”

Deutsche Bahn CEO resigns

After eight years in the role, Dr Rüdiger Grube has resigned as CEO of rail giant Deutsche Bahn. While no reason was given by Deutsche Bahn in an official statement, International Business Times reports that an unnamed source has revealed that Grube’s departure has come as a result of a pay dispute.
The source claims that an offer of a two-year renewal of Grube’s contract was not enough to keep him after he had asked for a three-year contract renewal and a pay increase.
According to a brief statement released by Deutsche Bahn, its supervisory board unanimously approved Grube’s request to terminate his appointment without delay with immediate effect and to terminate his current contract by means of a resolution agreement.
“The Supervisory Board would like to thank Dr Grube for his unusually great commitment to the company in the past eight years,” the statement noted. The board will immediately decide on a successor and, in accordance with the rules of procedure, Dr Richard Lutz will take over the position of Chairman of the Executive Board.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Utz-Hellmuth Felcht, said, “Dr Rüdiger Grube has made a lasting contribution, especially with regard to the future of DB. The digitisation of the DB is also linked to its name, as is the quality program ‘Zukunft Bahn’.”

Deutsche Post DHL Group sends Disaster Response Team to Fiji

Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world's leading logistics provider, has deployed their Disaster Response Team in Suva Airport, following the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

An initial team of seven volunteers will arrive today and will work alongside the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to coordinate relief logistics out of Suva Airport.

Belinda Tan, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Midde East & Africa, DHL said: "Cyclone Winston's impact is becoming more apparent, and we see that the scale and severity of damage requires immediate response. Our team of highly trained DRT volunteers will provide specialist logistics support at the Suva Airport to facilitate he fast and efficient distribution of aid to the NGOs for their further distribution to those in need."

Mark Butcher , Area Manager for GoHelp in Oceania is leading the DRT deployment in Fiji , with DHL volunteers from Australia and New Zealand who will be based at the Suva Airport to provide logistical expertise and support to ensure the smooth delivery of cargo and relief aid to NGOs for their further distribution to the communities.  

Carl Schelfhaut , Head of International Relations and Disaster Management, Asia Pacific , Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: "In any natural disaster situation, airports need to avoid bottlenecks if they are to deliver timely relief to those whose basic necessities and livelihoods have been dealt a major blow. Our volunteers are no stranger to the complexity posed by Fiji's myriad islands, having managed everything from unloading to forward transportation of relief goods when Vanuatu was struck by Cyclone Pam last year. That experience will prove invaluable in reaching Fiji's most affected communities and helping them cope with the fallout of Cyclone Winston." 

Apart from the deployment of the DRT, DHL Express, with the support of Mark Komene, Country Manager for DHL Express in Fiji, has provided four vehicles to assist in aid distribution in Nadi and Fiji's capital city Suva.

DHL has also designated its offices across Fiji as "public drop points" where members of the public can donate clothes, blankets, outdoor equipment, food, and other aid resources. 

GoHelp is the disaster management program of Deutsche Post DHL Group and comprises disaster preparedness through the program "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" (GARD) and disaster response via the Disaster Response Teams (DRTs).

In a partnership with the United Nations since 2005, Deutsche Post DHL Group provides the UN with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees free of charge. 

To date, GARD was implemented jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to more than 30 local airports in 16 countries: Armenia , Bangladesh , Dominican Republic , El Salvador , India , Indonesia , Jordan , Lebanon , Macedonia , Mauritius , Nepal , Panama , Peru , the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka.

In cooperation with UN OCHA , Deutsche Post DHL Group also established a global network of Disaster Response Teams (DRT) to support airports in case of a natural disaster.

The DRT network consists of over 400 trained DHL volunteers, who can be deployed within 72 hours. Since 2005, the DRTs have been deployed over 30 times worldwide, with the most recent deployment to Nepal following two catastrophic earthquakes in April 2015 . 

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