DHL offers integrated supply chain solution for the utilities sector

DHL Exel Supply Chain has launched its integrated supply chain service which enables utilities service providers to cut operating costs and improve service levels through a one-stop-shop solution. 

As the construction sector bears the brunt of the economic downturn and speculative utility works reduce, DHLs integrated supply chain service offers utility contractors a bespoke solution to help optimise existing operations. By bringing all elements of the supply chain together, utility contractors have a single point of contact for the purchase of products, technical advice and the delivery or collection of materials. By consolidating the supply chain and dealing with just one service provider, contractors can significantly reduce their supply chain costs without compromising service delivery.

To deliver this unique service, a network of multi-user depots has been set up across the UK, offering contractors a total package to service infrastructure maintenance and capital projects.  DHL will act as a complete supply chain partner to utilities contractors, enabling them to reduce their own operating costs and rationalise their asset base.

Paul Quinn, Commercial and Strategic Development Director at DHL Exel Supply Chain, said: The supply chain is an integral part of the construction process and without the correct materials on site at the right time a project can grind to a halt.  From our work with other industry sectors, such as automotive and retail, we recognised that the utilities sector needed a more customer-focused and streamlined operation to deliver what an alliance partner or service provider needs quickly and efficiently with the technical expertise to ensure that the materials meet the exact specifications of the project.

At a time when the construction sector also faces increasing pressure to improve its environmental credentials, the supply chain can leverage some important benefits.  The integrated supply chain service can deliver all plant and materials in full and on time, reducing the amount of suppliers to site and improving visibility of supply chain costs.

Quinn added: As the industry faces increasing economic challenges, its even more imperative that contractors look at all the options to reduce unnecessary costs.  Analysing the supply chain and looking at single source suppliers will make an important difference to cost and business efficiency giving a competitive advantage over the opposition.  Those who make these changes will be putting themselves in the best possible position over the coming months and position them to take advantage of the benefits once work levels return to normal.


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