Contract logistics provider DHL Supply Chain opened an innovation center today near Chicago where the company plans to work hand-in-glove with a range of startup firms to apply emerging technologies to the challenges being faced by its clients.
The Bonn, Germany-based company, which is an arm of logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group, said the 28,000 square foot facility in Rosemont, Illinois, would help it accelerate the development of new solutions for logistics and supply chain operations.
Through tight integrations with the startup firms providing the technology—as well as customers, employees, and academics—DHL runs pilot tests and provides feedback on the cutting edge equipment, helping to guide the development of future models. That process can help DHL Supply Chain’s customers—which include retailers, e-commerce sites, and online marketplaces—to tackle challenges such as warehouse labor shortages, international parcel returns, and last-mile urban delivery, Ken Allen, CEO of DHL E-commerce Solutions, said in a tour of the site.
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