On June 19, 2019, Deutsche Post DHL Group announced its partnership with Alps Electric Europe and Sigfox to implement Internet of Things (IoT) sensor devices to improve supply chain efficiency of its German DHL parcel network. By the end of 2019, DHL Germany will retrofit 250,000 roll containers with asset trackers that were jointly developed in partnership with Alps Electric. The battery-powered asset trackers are designed to operate autonomously for up to six years and will allow DHL to track the location and movement of the roll containers used within its parcel centers and customer locations. These roll containers are critical resources used in DHL’s day-to-day operations and are used in the transportation of letters and parcels. According to its 2018 annual report, DHL’s Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PEP) division processed 5 million parcels a day across 35 parcel centers in Germany. In 2018, DHL’s German parcel business volumes witnessed 7.1% year-over-year growth to reach 1.479 billion parcels; the growth was primarily driven by the e-commerce market.
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