DHL Supply Chain sub-contracts DigiHaul to address peak season driver shortage

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DHL Supply Chain UK has engaged tech startup DigiHaul as its primary sub-contractor in a 10-year contract to make its transportation operation more resilient ahead of the upcoming peak period.

Through DigiHaul, DHL now has access to a network of 750 carriers available for the busiest period in the year, while driver resource is in high demand. By working with DigiHaul, DHL will centrally coordinate bookings and sub-contraction needs to track demand across sites and improve forecasting and planning. Over 600 vehicle loads a day will be booked, tracked and managed through the DigiHaul solution to maximize capacity and reduce empty return journeys.

Ian Clough, managing director of transport for DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, said, “By moving our sub-contracted volume to DigiHaul, we’re able to access vital capacity in the UK transport network, particularly as we head into peak and continue to manage the challenges of the national driver shortage. The long-term benefits are equally important – empty running comes at a huge environmental and financial cost and this is a great solution to address it.”

Martin Willmor, CEO of DigiHaul, said, “In a relatively short time we’ve built a network of skilled and trusted carriers and have achieved the scale needed to become the primary sub-contractor for the UK’s largest logistics company. At a time when UK supply chains are under increasing pressure, we will be helping DHL unlock capacity and achieve the carbon savings that come from having a more efficient transport network.”

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