The courier giant has just signed a major pan-European fleet deal for 13 countries and is now in the process of sourcing suppliers for the Americas and Asia Pacific. The company's global strategic cost director Peter O'Brien will make his recommendations to the DHL board in June.
O'Brien told congress delegates that the biggest obstacle companies face when attempting to implement major supply deals is a lack of backing from senior management.
'There has to be a clear mandate that this must happen from senior management,' he said. 'If not, while it may start well, the programme will not succeed in the end.'
Factors that need to be in place while preparing for the introduction of a European fleet strategy, according to DHL, are:
Delegates also heard that it was vitally important for DHL employees to be kept up to date on any developments involving the consolidation process.
'It meant that no one could say they were not involved from the start,' said David Brennan, a consultant with AT Kearney, who helped DHL implement the European deal.
O'Brien said that reaching an acceptable standard vehicle specification for each country was no easy task but that local buy-in to the project, for example the fleet procurement programme was sponsored by the managing director for DHL in France, ensured an acceptable outcome was achieved.
DHL stands to reap substantial cost-savings now its pan-European supply deal has been implemented successfully, delegates heard.