With the introduction of instant booking confirmation, Maersk customers can now complete their bookings within seconds compared to previous waiting times of up to two hours.
Eliminating this delay, as the first in the industry, is a top priority for Maersk as the delay triggers uncertainty and extra workloads in managing supply chains for the customers.
"We are now making it as easy for our customers to book a container as booking a flight ticket. Instant booking confirmation makes it faster, easier and simpler for our customers to interact with Maersk. It is a milestone for the entire industry and a concrete example of how we are bringing our strategy to life when we improve the customer experience through seamless digital offerings," says Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
With the new solution, customers get visibility of sailing options with available vessel space, a list of depots with empty containers to choose from and a choice of relevant value adding services. More importantly - they get certainty that a booking will not be cancelled at a later stage.
Due to e.g. lack of vessel space or equipment availability, around 10% of bookings placed in Maersk's systems were previously either rejected or confirmed for an alternative sailing, often spurring customers to follow up with questions and requests for changes. Such follow-up inquiries have accounted for 15% of all Maersk customer service calls and chats - and close to 200.000 emails every month.
Instant bookings on-the-go
With the release of instant booking confirmation, Maersk is also introducing online booking via the Maersk App. Enabling instant bookings directly from the mobile phone is another functionality that has long been high on Maersk customers' wish-lists, especially in emerging markets
"Maersk operates in several markets where mobile phones make up the primary working tool for the workforce. Here, Instant Booking Confirmation straight from the mobile phone will be a huge improvement for our customers' supply chain managers - it will further enable trade in these markets," said Sonny Dahl, Global Head of Customer Experience & Service, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
Instant booking confirmation is available in beta for all customers through the online booking modules of the Maersk Line, SeaLand and Safmarine brands. The functionality currently covers dry cargo shipments. Refrigerated cargo, dangerous cargo (IMDG) and inland container yards are expected to be added during 2019.
Facilitated discussion and collaboration alongside the UN between local authorities, NGOs, and national military forces
Fostered relations with the international aid community over 23 days across two airports
The Disaster Response Team (DRT) of Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world's leading mail and logistics services provider, saw 26 DHL volunteers provide logistics support during relief efforts in Indonesia upon the request of the government through BNPB (Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management) and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The volunteers together with members of the UN facilitated logistics planning and operations across non-governmental organizations (NGOs), airport authorities and military organizations during its latest DRT deployment, a first for the team. During the course of this deployment, the DRT facilitated the smooth processing and efficient flow of nearly 3,500 tonnes of relief goods.
Over the course of 23 days, the volunteers worked tirelessly over three teams during week-long rotations to support international efforts in response to the disaster in Palu, Sulawesi. As international aid poured in, the DRT coordinated efforts from public and private organizations across borders to ensure a smooth flow of aid for the quake survivors, while fostering civil military relations. The deployment concluded last week when the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shifted its focus from relief to recovery efforts.
On the ground, volunteers were split between operating on the runway of Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie airport in Palu, ground zero of the earthquake and tsunami which took place on September 28, 2018, and at the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport in Balikpapan, which served as a staging airport for incoming aid. While the team in Palu were tasked with helping to manage incoming aid for further distribution to the survivors, volunteers in Balikpapan were responsible for coordinating the supply chain of aid transportation to Palu.
"Our company purpose is to connect people and improve their lives", said Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group. "Our DRT team comprises highly trained volunteers who provide logistical expertise to help coordinate the relief aid for further distribution to the victims in the speediest manner possible."
Carl Schelfhaut, GoHelp Manager, Asia Pacific, DPDHL Group said, "This deployment was unlike others as the DRT took on the unique role of managing the transportation of aid. As incoming relief goods needed to be ferried from Balikpapan to Palu, and emptied-out pallets in Palu needed to be returned to their respective organizations in Balikpapan, there was a need for a central coordinator for this process. This would ensure the right aid would get to Palu at the right time for onward distribution to those most in need."
He continued, "The DRT would organize daily briefings with non-governmental organizations and national military forces to match available aid and returning pallets with the relevant aircraft. The team also had to confirm the corresponding flight itineraries with airport authorities. We are proud to have been entrusted with such important responsibilities and we are most heartened by the relief we bring to the quake survivors."
Agustina Tnunay (Rina), the Humanitarian Logistics Specialist of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), added, "The Centre works closely with government and non-governmental organizations in the area of disaster management and emergency response. During past emergency responses, the DRT's expertise in removing bottlenecks at airports upon the sudden influx of relief supplies was highly valued. This latest deployment has shown that the DRT is also well placed to support civil military relations in response to natural disasters."
DPDHL Group's DRT was in Indonesia between October 4 and 26, 2018 at the request of the BNPB and the AHA Centre. This particular deployment was one of its longest in the region to date, similar to the team's 2015 involvement in the Nepal disaster response efforts.
About the Disaster Response Team
The DRTs are part of DPDHL Group's GoHelp disaster management program, which it has operated in partnership with the United Nations (UN) since 2005. Through this partnership, the Group provides the UN and national disaster management agencies with pro bono access to its core logistics expertise, and the logistics skills of more than 500 specially-trained employee volunteers worldwide who can deploy within 72 hours after a natural disaster.
Since the partnership was launched, the DRTs have completed about 40 deployments for different natural disasters in over 20 countries - most recently the team helped the victims of Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala in June this year.
In addition to the DRT deployments, the Group's Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) initiative - also part of the GoHelp program - trains airport management in risk regions to be better prepared should disaster strike.
Through this approximately EUR 700 million deal, Deutsche Post DHL Group and S.F. Holding enter a 10-year strategic partnership to grow supply chain operations in China
Deutsche Post DHL Group's supply chain China business to be incorporated into S.F. Holding, and operate as a co-branded organization
Deutsche Post DHL Group has entered into a landmark deal that will transfer its supply chain operations in China to S.F. Holding, a leading premium logistics service provider in the country. The transaction involves the supply chain business in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, herein after referred to as "China". This has no bearing on Deutsche Post DHL Group's business activities in international express, freight transport and e-commerce logistics solutions in China.
As part of this strategic deal, Deutsche Post DHL Group will receive an upfront payment of RMB 5.5 billion (approximately EUR 700 million) and a revenue-based partnership fee over the next ten years. S.F. Holding will have access to Deutsche Post DHL Group's best-in-class supply chain services, management expertise, transportation and warehousing technology. The co-branded organization will operate under the leadership of Yin Zou, the current CEO, Greater China of DHL Supply Chain, along with his existing management team.
This strategic partnership will allow Deutsche Post DHL Group to continue to participate in the fast-growing Chinese supply chain market, leveraging S.F. Holding's extensive domestic infrastructure, distribution network and broad base of local customers. This will accelerate the expansion of the co-branded organization's customer base. Deutsche Post DHL Group is committed to enhancing the organization's product and services offering by providing the breadth of its global supply chain expertise.
"The joint capabilities of Deutsche Post DHL Group and S.F. Holding will create a unique platform to meet the need for a high quality end-to-end supply chain provider in China. S.F. Holding's local market expertise in China has real advantages for our customers across all industries including technology, healthcare, retail, automotive, and e-commerce. Combined with our global operations standards and network support, the agreement provides a solid foundation to continue exploring further opportunities in China in the coming years," said Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group.
"S.F. Holding has been actively expanding its business-to-business (B2B) capabilities and pursuing different strategic partnerships to grow S.F. Holding into a truly integrated logistics solutions provider that delivers best-in-class services for our clients. This partnership agreement will strengthen our capability in providing supply chain services to a diverse realm of industries and allow us to bring world-class management expertise into our supply chain business operations, enabling us to further understand and tailor to our customer needs," said Dick Wong, Chairman, S.F. Holding. "This agreement will help us achieve our vision to grow further internationally, partnering with Deutsche Post DHL Group, a world class organization."
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