Aviation is expected to be one of THE growth industries for the next decades naturally leading to high competitive pressure for all players in the aviation value chain. Typically companies strive to avoid competing on cost but on differentiation. However,, achieving cost advantages is a very popular topic in the aviation industry right now and. many aviation enterprises, as well as conglomerates with aviation divisions, are trying to achieve economies of scale.
My organization has a unique perspective in this. DHL is in the fortunate position of serving customers in multiple industries, and we can often take lessons from customers in one industry and share these new insights and concepts with customers in another. Aviation can learn a lot from this ‘cross-pollination’ of knowledge and best practice. In this case, our aviation and aerospace customers are learning how DHL’s large-scale automotive customers achieve economies of scale and drive efficiencies by exploiting connected and integrated supply chains. These new supply chains require a fundamental adjustment to relationships along the value chain, leading to more collaboration with suppliers and service providers.