By Nathan Dukes
SAP will be given the status of Global Technology Partner of the DHL Innovation Centre, placing it among the most important innovation partners of Deutsche Post DHL.
Keith Ulrich, head of Technology & Innovation Management at Deutsche Post DHL, said the new partnership will ensure ideas can become reality.
“For us, affirming the strategic alliance with SAP into a Global Technology Partnership represents a significant expansion of our joint research efforts aimed at achieving rapid market success for innovation activities,” he said.
“By integrating our innovation centres with the research centres of SAP we are able to respond more effectively to our shared networks, drive forward research activities, and present global solutions to the outside world.”
The DHL Innovation Centre work to innovate new, flexible, sustainable logistics solutions for the future.
Volker Merk, director of SAP Deutschland AG & Co.KG, said it is great to have a research partner which can innovate for real customer demands.
“The innovation partnership with DHL is exactly what we want a research collaboration to be,” Merk said.
“What we are doing with the DHL Innovation Centre is not just theoretical research, but customer-oriented innovation. With our technology and our expertise, we want to support DHL in meeting real-world industry challenges using software innovations.”
The DHL Innovation Initiative was established in 2007 and is based in the DHL Innovation Center.
SAP is part of long list of partners in this program, including IBM, Intel, Oracle, Phillips and Motorola.
Deutsche Post DHL combines all its logistical research and development activities in the DHL Innovation Centre, close to the corporate headquarters in Bonn.
One central aspect of the partnership with SAP is the early identification of shared research, development and implementation initiatives for Deutsche Post DHL logistics applications.
To achieve this, SAP research centres will work closely with the DHL Innovation Centre.
Potential scenarios and demonstrations will be developed for presentation to the wider expert community in the showroom of the DHL Innovation Centre and where appropriate in SAP’s Living Labs.
DHL has been offering their logistics and shipping services in Australia since 1972.