DHL expands strategic partnership with Konica Minolta in China

DHL Supply Chain has announced the extension of its partnership with Konica Minolta, Inc., a manufacturer in business technologies, to design, manage, and optimize the company’s logistics operations across China. Under the new Lead Logistics Partner (LLP) agreement, DHL is expected to be wholly responsible for the manufacturing logistics of Konica Minolta’s ‘Business Techologies’ domestic supply chain in China.

Gavin Murdoch, President and Representative Director, DHL Supply Chain Japan said, “We are honored to be chosen by Konica Minolta as their Lead Logistics Partner for China. For the past two years, DHL has truly integrated with Konica Minolta and acted as an extension of their business,” adding “We have supported the transformation of their logistics operations in Japan and built a relationship based on trust, commitment, and delivery. By taking on the role as the LLP for China, we look forward to extending the agreement and replicating the successes across an expanded geography.”

The partnership between the two companies first commenced in July 2013 when DHL was awarded a contract to manage Konica Minolta’s supply chain in Japan. Under the LLP arrangement, DHL assumed management of the tech company’s domestic distribution centre network

DHL began implementing new LLP services for Konica Minolta in China in November 2015 and is expected to focus on re-engineering the transport network, optimizing warehouse operations, and standardizing processes to deliver agreed savings.

Earlier in 2015, a joint Corporate Social Responsibility initiative was launched under the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition to further enhance quality, transparency and sustainability across the technology company’s supply chain in Japan. This was the first time an electronics company had implemented such an initiative to support their logistics operations.