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DHL analytics tool helps reduce carbon footprint

Steve Rogerson
October 29, 2019

DHL Global Forwarding has introducing a smart service that lets its customers access and analyse their business data around the clock, and reduce their carbon footprint.
Called MyDHLi Analytics, the online service displays all relevant details about spend (invoices), volume, service quality and customs activity via dashboards. Another member of the MyDHLi product family has also been updated: DHL says it is the first freight forwarder to offer a carbon calculator within an online quotation and booking tool.
Users can not only assess the emissions of their shipments but also reduce their CO2 impact by choosing an alternative fuel or an offsetting option, all within the MyDHLi quote and book service.
"In line with our recently announced group strategy 2025 'Delivering excellence in a digital world', we are continuously broadening and enhancing our digital services," said Tim Scharwath, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding. “Our growing MyDHLi product family extends our best-in-class logistics services to the digital realm. Customers can work towards their sustainability goals with the same tool that they book, organise and analyse their shipments with.”
The analytics service gathers data in one screen so users can explore all relevant information on their shipments. Filter options let them deep dive into expenses and trends in their data. They can break down their information by aspects such as country, shipper, consignee and trade lane. Downloadable reports offer shareable insights down to the shipment and invoice levels. The service goes beyond the operational focus of prior tools.
The carbon calculator reflects Deutsche Post DHL’s GoGreen programme and the group’s mission to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. While pursuing this mission, DHL also empowers and supports its customers with their own sustainability targets by offering a growing number of green logistics and transport services.
The demand for sustainable transport and logistics is steadily growing. To support its customers in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their individual sustainability targets, DHL intriduced the online CO2 calculator. Users can choose to neutralise the carbon emissions of their shipments. The integrated calculator automatically displays the carbon footprint for the shipment in comparison between air and ocean freight. In the next step, shippers can either choose a clean-burning fuel for ocean freight or an offsetting option for any transport mode.