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DHL Supply Chain’s AI OptiCarton Solution Promotes Costs and Emissions Savings by Optimizing Packaging of Shipments for Customers

By DHL Supply Chain   

Westerville, OH, April 13, 2022: DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, is now offering its commercial customers on-demand packaging solutions to make shipments more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The AI solution OptiCarton helps to optimize the filling volume of boxes from an existing, pre-configured set of cartons and can even suggest the splitting of an order into several consignments to make individual shipments more cost-effective or reduce their carbon footprint.

Customer research conducted by DHL Supply Chain revealed that 24 percent of e-commerce package volume is empty space. Using sophisticated carton optimization algorithms combined with an on-demand approach to packaging within the distribution center helps brands and retailers produce the right package at the right time for each shipment, driving down transportation costs, minimizing waste, and ensuring the product is protected. With OptiCarton, DHL is not only responding to the current shortage in cardboard boxes and packaging materials in the market, but initial pilots also indicate that the solution offers customers additional benefits in the shape of shipping-cost savings of up to 35 percent and with an average of 15 percent.

“Packaging has become one of the highest priorities for many e-commerce providers who are seeking solutions to optimize the utilization of existing pack sets with the power of artificial intelligence,” said Alicemarie Geoffrion, President, Packaging Operations, DHL Supply Chain. “Based on the products, volumes and sizes in question, the software not only suggests the optimal size of the outer packaging, it also provides individual, visual instructions on how to ideally utilize the space inside the box. It’s like a game of Tetris, effectively arranging the contents within the parcel to achieve effective cost and emissions savings.”

According to initial calculations, an optimally pre-configured and well-utilized set of cardboard boxes can save as much as 50 percent in superfluous shipment space. This greatly reduces the number of truckloads, allowing commercial customers to save costs not only with regard to oversized cartons and filling material, but also shipping, by eliminating unnecessary transports. Furthermore, the solution can provide recommendations as to whether and how an order should be split up to optimize the shipment configuration, making the solution particularly end-consumer friendly.

“At DHL Supply Chain, we are continuously working to improve our services and adapt them to the changing needs of our customers. Digital solutions in particular are firmly anchored in our global strategy, helping us to operate more efficiently and sustainably,” said Geoffrion. “The growth of e-commerce has heightened awareness of wasteful packaging among consumers. An on-demand packaging AI solution like OptiCarton, in combination with the optimized utilization of packing material and transport capacities, offer incredible leverage when it comes to saving costs, reducing carbon emissions, and improving the customer experience – all at the same time.”

DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 81 billion euros in 2021. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.


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