BONN, GERMANY and WALLDORF, GERMANY — The DHL Innovation Center and the software corporation SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) have embarked on a new global technology partnership. SAP will be given the status of Global Technology Partner of the DHL Innovation Center, placing it among the most important innovation partners of Deutsche Post DHL.
“For us, affirming the strategic alliance with SAP into a Global Technology Partnership represents a significant expansion of our joint research efforts aimed at achieving rapid market success for innovation activities,” explained Keith Ulrich, head of Technology & Innovation Management at Deutsche Post DHL. “By integrating our innovation centers with the research centers of SAP we are able to respond more effectively to our shared networks, drive forward research activities, and present global solutions to the outside world.”
“The innovation partnership with DHL is exactly what we want a research collaboration to be,” says Volker Merk, director of SAP Deutschland AG & Co.KG. “What we are doing with the DHL Innovation Center is not just theoretical research, but customer-oriented innovation. With our technology and our expertise, we want to support DHL in meeting real-world industry challenges using software innovations.”
The DHL Innovation Initiative was established in 2007 and is based in the DHL Innovation Center. Deutsche Post DHL combines all its logistical research and development activities in the DHL Innovation Center, close to the corporate headquarters in Bonn. One central aspect of the partnership with SAP is the early identification of shared research, development and implementation initiatives for Deutsche Post DHL logistics applications. To achieve this, the research centers of SAP are also expected to cooperate more closely with the DHL Innovation Center. In particular, scenarios and demonstrations will be developed for presentation to the wider expert community in the showroom of the DHL Innovation Center and where appropriate in SAP’s “Living Labs.”
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