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DHL saves millions with Sutherland's automation solution

Read how Sutherland deployed an automation solution for DHL to transform inefficient processes, established a central knowledge database and more!

APRIL 24, 2017

Processes and regulations that change from border to border created complications for global logistics and shipping giant DHL Express. 

DHL is the logistics and parcel delivery arm of Deutsch Post, delivering more than 1.6 parcels a year around the globe. Far-flung international operations in hundreds of countries run part and parcel with an ongoing challenge to comply with a maze of local regulations and, inevitably, tax and duty structures.

Our client found itself in the awkward position of collecting taxes from recipients who were often unaware of the additional fees. This led to disgruntled customers, delayed deliveries and write-offs from unpaid collections, hurting its customer experience and profitability. 

To improve DHL’s results, we turned to automation, which can enhance the customer experience, increase productivity gains, boost knowledge sharing and deliver new products – benefits that extend throughout the entire organization.

End-to-End Process Solutions Delivered High ROI

Sutherland transformed inefficient processes and partnered with DHL to manage collections, logistics, finance, accounting and customer experience. We implemented three significant changes:

  • Deployed automation, which eliminated paper-heavy, manual tasks

  • Established a central knowledge database so agents could quickly and reliably address complex customer queries

  • Implemented innovative collections solutions like SMS texts, chat and online payment making it easier for customers to pay duty and VAT fees, driving customer satisfaction up and delays down

Inefficiencies Down. Collections Up.

Analytics and data insight allowed DHL to consistently improve business-to-business and business-to-consumer portfolio collection yields, saving millions of dollars. As a result of Sutherland’s work, annualized collections soared from $1 million to $22 million.

Sutherland’s collaborative one-team approach brought better governance and improved process effectiveness. Even the most complex business processes can use automation to better customer experiences and raise profitability.

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