Fujitsu has announced a strategic co-creation partnership with DHL Supply Chain UK to develop new services based on wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Building on its managed procurement services collaboration with DHL Fujitsu will share its industry and technology expertise to jointly develop innovative solutions that improve safety for emergency services, whilst delivering operational efficiencies. Fujitsu and DHL also plan to use the partnership to drive the creation of entirely new markets in other sectors, such as airline logistics.
In a first for the logistics industry, the DHL solution provides a personalized supply chain for emergency and other uniformed services, supported by Fujitsu’s ecommerce platform. This innovative concept reduces the cost of product and supply chain management, while facilitating innovation and delivering a user friendly, personalized experience for individuals.
The use of wearable and IoT technology such as Fujitsu UBIQUITOUSWARE will enable emergency services to track the well-being of individuals in the field, through a dashboard showing their status and location. This will help to ensure accurate and timely response in safety-critical or life-threatening situations, as well as providing real-time tracking for the location of vital protective equipment.
Paul Richardson, MD, Specialist Services, DHL Supply Chain UKI, said: “As the global logistics leader, we constantly seek out innovations that improve our customers’ lives. Wearable technology is going to transform the way we work, helping us understand the dynamics of what’s happening around us and providing real time insight on our environment as never before. I’m delighted to partner with Fujitsu in this area and am confident that, together, we can deliver a gamechanger in the market.”
François Fleutiaux, SVP, Head of Sales and Country Leadership EMEIA, Fujitsu, said: “At Fujitsu, our aim is to create meaningful, transformative innovation, which is precisely what we anticipate that this partnership with DHL will deliver. By combining industry expertise from DHL with our own insight, we can realize the incredible potential of new technologies in logistics, such as brand new functionalities, a step change in user experience and additional cost savings for organizations. In the age of digital disruption, the Fujitsu-DHL partnership underlines the value of pooling knowledge and ideas through co-creation to innovate and prosper.”