DHL innovation incubation

The Post – eCommerce – Parcel division head at Deutsche Post DHL, Jurgen Gerdes is now to be have the new board mandate of ‘Corporate Incubations’.

Gerdes has been in charge of the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division for more than ten years. The new role will involve rolling out new customer focused services and solutions as well as making sure that DHL is better prepared to meet “new opportunities and challenges arising in the areas of customer experience, sustainable logistics and automation”.

Pending the appointment of a new Head of the PeP division, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, will take on corresponding responsibilities in a dual role.

In a statement, Deutsche Post DHL said that it is also “preparing for the acceleration of the success story of the StreetScooter – the electric delivery van”.

According to the statement: “Since the project start in 2011 a unique family of electric vehicles has been created that includes besides delivery vans also e-bikes and e-trikes. From within the Group and together with partners Corporate Incubations will dynamically further advance the technological development as well as the commercialization of the StreetScooter product family.

“The new Board department of Deutsche Post DHL Group will also act as an incubator for mobility solutions, digital platforms and automation. To this end existing new business models of Deutsche Post DHL Group and related technological innovations will be transferred to the new department. At the same time Corporate Incubations will inspire and drive innovative business ventures originating from within the Group or from cooperation with external partners. The build-up of the new Board department will take place in the coming weeks.”

Commenting on his new role, Gerdes said: “I have dedicated my whole professional career so far to providing maximum customer value and driving innovation following a sustainable, market-oriented management approach. Under my new responsibility we will develop sustainable business models on the basis of digital solutions, e-mobility and automation. Together with my colleagues, I am looking forward to continue building the future of our Group.”