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“Join us for an afternoon of insights and inspiration with the brightest minds of Berlin’s hottest startups”. This is how the DHL innovation team announced their Berlin Startup Tour which we organized for them and hosted at our SAP IoT Startup Accelerator at the Data Space in Berlin.

The tour was the finishing touch of the DHL Global Engineering and Manufacturing Conference which was held in Berlin. The conference program was designed exclusively for logistics, supply chain, and transportation professionals to learn from expert insights and best-practice examples. Engagement with startups plays an important role for innovation at DHL, therefore a visit to our Startup Accelerator which focuses on IoT and Digital Supply Chain was the perfect fit for their customers whom they have invited to Berlin.

Besides that, DHL works in a very similar way as we do in our IoT Startup Accelerator. They invite startups to their DHL Innovation Center, which is located close to Bonn, in order to build proof of concepts for their customers. As we do, they believe that logistics is one of the fastest growing areas and that supply chain will be most impacted by innovation.

Always on the hunt for what the market and the customers need Matthias Heutger, SVP Strategy, Marketing & Innovation at DHL, tells us that they see more and more great startup technologies rising in the field of logistics. He adds that working with the right startups and partners is essential for DHL to survive. In a world of a rising consignment of goods, they simply will not be able to handle the needs of their customers without using technologies such as IoT and Artificial Intelligence.

Interview with Matthias Heutger responsible for Innovation at DHL

After meeting us and our startups a follow up of our emerging innovation partnership will be a joint workshop to find out, where we and our startups can support DHL and their customers. Stay tuned for the results and join us on: Twitter: IoT_Accelerator; YouTube: SAP IoT Startup Accelerator; Website:

DHL Innovation Center – The Innovation Experience

At the DHL Innovation Centers, you’ll be inspired by visions, trends and the latest logistics solutions and services. Your business can profit from innovations along the entire supply chain that directly address your logistics challenges of today and tomorrow.

As the innovation leader in the logistics industry, Deutsche Post DHL Group focuses on output-oriented innovation management. You’ll find our customer-centric innovation platforms – the DHL Innovation Centers – located near our Bonn headquarters in Germany as well as in Singapore. The state-of-the-art facilities offer customers as well as business and industry partners opportunities to meet, connect and exchange ideas with experts, partners, and peers.

The DHL Innovation Center provides a central platform where customers and business stakeholders can engage with DHL experts on innovation-related topics and issues. Its core mission is to:

            Demonstrate DHL’s innovation capabilities and logistics solutions portfolio 

            Build thought leadership through trend research 

            Engage customers, partners, and business leads on innovation topics through a portfolio of events, briefings, and workshops 

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