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The Sharing Economy is shaking up logistics (DHL Trend Research)

  • Shifting social trends are driving preference for sharing rather than owning assets, creating viable new business models
  • Digital technology gives instant access to available assets - from warehouse space to delivery vehicles - creating new on-demand services
  • Logistics providers will facilitate growth of the Sharing Economy as assets are transferred between parties more frequently
  • Sharing Economy to grow to US$335 billion by 2025

Logistics will play a major role in shaping the Sharing Economy. DHL reveals in a new Trend Report today that embracing digital platforms and business models built around sharing not owning assets presents a significant future opportunity for the logistics industry. The report, entitled 'Sharing Economy Logistics - Rethinking Logistics with access over ownership' provides insights to help understand the Sharing Economy, learn best practices in the Sharing Economy from other industries, and presents practical applications of the Sharing Economy within the logistics value chain.

"The concept of sharing is nothing new, but today people can share assets and use sharing services at the speed and scale of three billion smartphone users worldwide. Naturally this started with high-value assets like rooms and cars, but the underlying concept can be applied to almost anything now," says Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing & Innovation, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. "Logistics providers can really benefit from sharing their own assets, as we

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22 Nov 2017
2018 3PL Study Recap: 3PL-Shipper Relationships & 3PL IT Capabilities

Introduction As the speed of supply chain and logistics operations advances to service increasing consumer demand, there is a greater need for real time information visibility and communication between shippers and 3PL providers.  With this said, more shippers and 3PLs report valuing collabo


22 Nov 2017
Deloitte survey: Almost nine in ten UK businesses to invest in artificial intelligence by 2020

85 per cent of UK organisations plan to invest in artificial intelligence and the internet of things in the next three years; Half of organisations to invest more than £10 million in digital by 2020; Just one in ten executives believe that UK is a world leader in digital; Only 20 per


22 Nov 2017
Stranger supply chain things: Capacity planning lessons from Stranger Things

  As a teenager in the 80s, it probably comes as no surprise I relate heavily to every cultural reference in Stranger Things. From the hair (I coveted to Steve’s A-Ha inspired coif) to the arcade (DigDug not so much – I would spend my allowance quarter by quarter on Star Ca

Mike McAllister, Manager, Influencer Relations

22 Nov 2017
Desafios no dimensionamento de uma instalação logística

Decisões relativas à novas estruturas logísticas de uma empresa, como centros de distribuição, são sempre cercadas de diversas incertezas. Após serem definidas suas localizações ideais, os gestores logísticos se veem diante de div

Bernardo Falcão

22 Nov 2017
You’re only as good as the weakest link in the chain

Delivering what the customer ordered, on time and in full, is the basic promise that underlies every distributor’s business. It sounds simple, and yet in today’s global economy, managing the network of suppliers is complex. Meeting customer demand for speed is even a greater challenge. &


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In order for supply chains in logistics networks to function smoothly many different logistics partners need to be integrated with the overall process. Not an easy task. Different IT systems, language barriers or comp...


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Florim Ceramiche SpA has been worldly recognised as a leader in ceramics industry for more than 50 years, thanks to its committment to research, innovation and social responsibility. Florim business style can be summa...

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AXIT expert paper looks at the challenges that confront today’s logistics industry Industry 4.0 – the industry digitalization initiative spearheaded by the German government – raises the bar for...

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