Logistics has great potential for improvement in many companies
- DHL and the European Business School present the largest German logistics study with differentiated results for nine industries
- "DHL Logistics Check" offers competent effectiveness testing for every company
Logistics costs make up 16 percent of a company's total costs on average. Despite this fact, many companies pay only minimal attention to their logistical processes. Moderately successful companies only achieve between 66 and 74 percent of the logistics performance of the top 10 in their industry. These were the partially alarming results of the new logistics study by the European Business School (ebs) called "Logistik-Tacho 2010," which was presented by DHL at the BVL Congress 2005 in Berlin. More than 1,000 companies took part in the investigation, thereby making it the largest logistics study ever carried out in Germany. In comparison between industries, the electronics, vehicle construction, and chemical industries made use of the most advanced logistical concepts, as expected.
"The study shows: There is still considerable potential for improvement tucked away in the logistics of many companies. Outsourcing is one way to logistically climb higher in the industry," said Peter E. Kruse, Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Post World Net and responsible for DHL Express Germany and Europe, while introducing the Logistik-Tacho 2010.
The survey led by Prof. Christopher Jahns, head of the Supply Management Institute (SMI) at the European Business School, offers a unique logistics benchmark for nine different industries including vehicle construction, chemistry, and pharmaceuticals as well as wholesale, retail, and mail order. The ranking in logistical performance of German companies was also investigated, whereby particularly the top companies emphasized the strategic significance of outsourcing solutions.
Companies that would like to test their own "logistical fitness" have an effective diagnostic instrument based upon DHL Logistics Knowledge Base available to them with the new "DHL Logistics Check." This database contains benchmark data from around 2,000 companies in twelve industries. The data allows for a concrete determination of your own logistical status and unused logistical potential differentiated by industry. This allows the logistical weaknesses and corresponding needs for action to be determined for the investigated company, from which an individual logistics roadmap can be produced.
The DHL Logistics Knowledge Base is built from the results of the study and contains more than 9,000 entries that represent the current standard of knowledge about CEP, logistics, and supply chain management. It was developed together with the SMI. "With this knowledge database, our involvement with the European Business School has once again borne good fruit. It offers practical and scientific logistical know-how: concepts, strategies, and convincing examples of successful solutions directly from the practical experience of different industries. We will continue to expand the good cooperative partnership with the European Business School," said Kruse. DHL Express and the European Business School created a foundation at the end of 2004 that supports the "DHL Innovations Center." Scientists and practitioners work in the center on the development of innovations in logistics under the leadership of Prof. Christopher Jahns.