Deutsche Post DHL Group, the leading logistics company in Germany, ALPS Electric Europe GmbH, one of the largest developers and manufacturers of electromechanical devices, and Sigfox, the leading Internet of things service provider, have agreed on a partnership to optimize individual processes within the supply chain of DHL’s German parcel network through the systematic use of networked sensors.
As the leader in the German parcel market, DHL delivers about five million shipments in Germany each working day. To process these quantities reliably, systematically meshed operational processes are indispensable. The required equipment, for example the thousands of roll cages in which the parcels are transported, needs to be available every day in sufficient numbers in both the warehouses of large customers and the 35 DHL parcel centers throughout Germany and in the adjacent countries. To ensure that this is the case on a sustained basis, about 250,000 DHL roll cages will gradually be fitted with smart trackers in an initial phase to provide exact information about their locations and movements.