DHL announced last week that it has joined forces with other businesses to take part in VentilatorChallengeUK which aims to deliver at least 10,000 new ventilators to the NHS. According to DHL, they will be managing the inbound supply chain for two workstreams of VentilatorChallengeUK, which is ramping up manufacturing of existing, approved ventilator designs.
The challenge to create a ventilator supply chain from scratch to handle 3.2 million parts is a great example of how companies are coming together to create strong relationships and solve problems on a global scale during a global crisis. It is reassuring to see how in moments like these companies of all shapes and sizes are finding the strength to help build the foundations needed to relieve some of the pressures on our NHS.
The operations involved will include the collection of parts from a new supplier base, as well as handling, storage, order pick and kitting, and delivery to final manufacturing locations. To carry out the operations DHL is using its existing manufacturing logistics facilities and teams, who are experts in managing complex and time-critical manufacturing supply chains.
“We’re honoured to be able to support this vital project and be part of a team providing lifesaving equipment to frontline NHS staff and patients. Normally a project as complex as this would take three months to pull together, but we’ve done it in a matter of days. It’s thanks to a team of very dedicated people as well as having the existing expertise and infrastructure that can quickly adapt to a range of needs.”
– Mike Bristow, Managing Director, Manufacturing Logistics at DHL Supply Chain
This isn’t the first we’ve heard about companies supporting our NHS by providing the means to create and supply much-needed equipment and essentials. Yodel are working alongside other well-known businesses, including Tesco and Absolute Taste, to form SalutetheNHS.org an initiative which aims to feed thousands of critical NHS workers over the next few months.