DHL to save 2400 trees annually by promoting greener billing across Europe with its rapidly expanding e-Billing service

LONDON--DHL, the global leader in the international express and logistics industry, today announced it plans to eliminate over one third of the 18 million paper invoices it sends out across Europe annually by 2010, thus saving approximately 2400 trees and 600 tonnes of C02 each year. DHL customers using the e-Billing service no longer need to receive their invoices on paper. They simply login to an online portal to view and approve them electronically.

Accountis Ltd, a division of Fundtech and leading global provider of secure financial document exchange and payment systems, has been working with DHL for two years developing their e-Billing capabilities, and will support their expansion into most major European territories by the end of this year.

The environmental benefits of e-Billing were high on the agenda when DHL launched the service for customers in Belgium in 2007. Brian Thumwood, DHL’s e-Billing Manger for Europe said, “The success of our e-Billing project has already delivered significant environmental savings but this is a drop in the ocean compared to what we intend to achieve in the near future. We are currently experiencing a 30% increase in the number of e-invoices sent through the system each month, proving that organisations across Europe are ready and able to embrace this greener technology.”

Brian Thumwood continues, “Protecting the environment is very important to DHL and e-Billing plays an significant role in our organisation’s social responsibility and sustainability plan. The marketing strap line for this project is “e-Billing – loved by trees” since we know that this issue really matters to our customers too. Valuable resources including paper, ink, electricity and fuel are all consumed unnecessarily in the paper invoicing process every day. We want to play our part in reducing this waste and the detrimental impact it is having on our planet.”

DHL aims to improve the carbon efficiency of its own as well as its subcontracted services by 30% by 2020 and in addition is constantly expanding its climate-friendly services for customers.

About DHL

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations. DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenue of more than 63 billion euros in 2007. For more information, visit www.dhl.com.

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) has agreed to delay the imposition of a congestion charge on trucks until they can prove that there are real cost savings for hauliers that result from reduced congestion. The RHA is also pleased that AGMA has recognized the vital role HGVs play in the economic competitiveness of the region.

The new proposals give the industry an opportunity to prove that the impact of congestion charging on car traffic in the first twelve months of operation does not meaningfully reduce the operating costs of trucks.

“This is good news,” said RHA Northern Director, Geoff Dunning.  “We have had many meetings with the authorities and it is extremely encouraging to have confirmation that our voice has been heard.

“In addition,” he continued, “The AGMA has made it clear that the establishment of a new partnership with the RHA and the freight industry in general in the New Year will have significant potential for the future of transport planning and the development of an integrated approach to a reduction in congestion within Greater Manchester”.

And there is also good news for Manchester recovery operators.  The role they play in reducing congestion has also been recognized in the report which states:

“Charging such vehicles would provide a disincentive for them to attend breakdowns in congested areas. Consequently, it is recommended that a 100% discount should be provided for registered recovery vehicles that operate within the M60.”

“This is a win-win situation,” continued Mr Dunning.  “Not only has the vital work of the road haulage industry been recognized, but the recovery operators who keep the roads clear for other users have also been acknowledged.

“I am sure that this is will be just the tip of a city centre charging iceberg.  We can only hope that other Authorities will give our industry the same sympathetic hearing and concessions as Manchester have done”.

 

UPS, EPA, Eaton, Navistar Agree: "HHV Ready for Prime Time"

ATLANTA - As part of a public-private partnership to increase the commercial availability and use of alternative fuel vehicles, UPS today announced its first purchases of a little-known technology - the hydraulic hybrid vehicle - that promises dramatic fuel savings and environmental benefits.

The technology, originally developed in a federal laboratory of the Environmental Protection Agency, stores energy by compressing hydraulic fluid under pressure in a large chamber. UPS was the only company in its industry asked to road-test the technology two years ago and now becomes the first delivery company to place an order for hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHV).

"There is no question that hydraulic hybrids, although little known to the public, are ready for prime time use on the streets of America," said David Abney, UPS's chief operating officer. "We are not declaring hydraulic hybrids a panacea for our energy woes, but this technology certainly is as promising as anything we've seen to date."

Disclosing the results of its road testing on Detroit routes for the first time, UPS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the prototype vehicle had achieved a 45-to-50 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to conventional diesel delivery trucks. UPS believes similar fuel economy improvements and a 30 percent reduction in CO2 are achievable in daily, real-world use. The EPA believes the technology can perform equally well in other applications such as shuttle and transit buses and refuse pick-up trucks.

Abney was joined by representatives of the EPA, the Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) and Navistar (NYSE:NAV) at a news conference in Atlanta's Centennial Park in announcing UPS's decision to place an order for seven of the hydraulic hybrids.

UPS will deploy the first two of the new HHV's in Minneapolis during the first quarter of 2009. Eaton, which helped develop and refine the vehicle's hydraulic hybrid power system, will monitor the vehicle's fuel economy performance and emissions in the Minneapolis area. The additional five HHV's will be deployed later in 2009 and early 2010.

With a diesel "series" hydraulic hybrid of the type being purchased by UPS, a high-efficiency diesel engine is combined with a unique hydraulic propulsion system, replacing the conventional drivetrain and transmission. The vehicle uses hydraulic pumps and hydraulic storage tanks to capture and store energy, similar to what is done with electric motors and batteries in a hybrid electric vehicle. In this case, the diesel engine is used to periodically recharge pressure in the hydraulic propulsion system. Fuel economy is increased in three ways: vehicle braking energy is recovered that normally is wasted; the engine is operated more efficiently, and the engine can be shut off when stopped or decelerating.

The EPA estimates that when manufactured in high volume, the added costs of the hybrid components can be recouped in less than three years through lower fuel and brake maintenance costs.

Eaton began working with the EPA in October 2001 under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement involving hydraulic hybrid systems and components. As part of Eaton's role in designing and developing hybrid technologies, the company's engineers were co-located at the EPA's Ann Arbor facility. Eaton also earned a number of hybrid power system patents and continues to work on a number of other hybrid vehicles initiatives with UPS and others.

"We continue to be pleased with the progress and potential of the hydraulic hybrid system," Eaton Chairman and CEO Alexander M. Cutler said at the press conference. "The market for this technology is truly global, and it can provide significant improvements in fuel economy and emission reductions for trucks, buses and off-road vehicles of many shapes and sizes."

"EPA and our partners are not just delivering packages with these UPS trucks, we're delivering environmental benefits to the American people," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "With this investment in fuel-efficient technology, UPS is doing what is good for our environment, good for our economy, and good for our nation's energy security."

"The diesel hydraulic hybrid vehicle has the potential to offer our truck customers something very unique - performance and reduced emissions with dramatic improvements in fuel economy," said Steve Guillaume, Navistar General Manager, Medium Trucks.

UPS's current "green fleet" totals more than 1,600 low-carbon vehicles, including all-electric, hybrid electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane-powered trucks.

In addition to the hydraulic hybrid, UPS has road-tested hydrogen fuel cell delivery trucks. UPS began deploying alternative fuel vehicles in the 1930's with a fleet of electric trucks in New York City.

The HHV vehicle order follows the May 2008 purchase of 500 hybrid electric and CNG vehicles and the April 2008 deployment of 167 new CNG vehicles in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Ramon, Fresno and Sacramento. With UPS's new purchases, the company's "green fleet," already the largest private fleet in the transportation industry, will total more than 2,100 vehicles.


October 25, 2008 -- A new report from EFT Research has shown that 88% of supply chain & logistics executives plan to increase or maintain their investment in supply chain technologies, even if they do not predict business growth next year. The report compiles survey responses and opinions of over 200 top supply chain executives from companies including Philips, Norbert-Dentressangle, Schenker, CEVA Logistics, and DHL.

Despite unanimous agreement that the global economic crisis is having a negative impact on the supply chain industry, 64% of executives still expect to see business growth next year. Interestingly, 84% of executives who do not expect to see growth in their business next year still intend to increase or maintain their investment in technology and IT solutions.

The report also reveals which technology solutions and processes have yielded the best ROI and which need the most improvement. Additionally, it highlights which factors are most important to supply chain executives when seeking new IT and technology solutions.

The findings of this report will form the basis of discussion at the 2009 eyefortransport Logistics Technology Forum, February 19-20, 2009 in Amsterdam. The Forum will address how technology and IT solutions can help companies cut costs and survive the economic crisis with keynote presentations and case studies from British Airways, DHL, CEVA Logistics, Philips, Alcatel-Lucent and other leading companies.

The full report can be viewed here: http://events.eyefortransport.com/logisticstecheu/report.shtml

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