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DHL awarded new supply chain contract by National Grid 
DHL to provide logistics services to support National Grid’s gas and 
electricity networks across the UK
DHL to operate National Grid’s  Gas and Electricity Distribution Centres
8th April 2013 National Grid, the UK’s largest Utilities business, has awarded 
DHL Supply Chain a new four year contract to provide logistics services across 
its UK gas and electricity networks. 
DHL will be responsible for the logistics services associated with National 
Grid’s primary warehouse stores, which are located in Birmingham and Didcot, as 
well as a number of smaller distribution centres around the country. These 
warehouses provide the materials and equipment required to support the 
maintenance and construction of National Grid’s gas and electricity networks. 
This new contract extends the nine year relationship between DHL and National 
Grid. DHL currently manages some of the smaller distribution centres that 
support National Grid’s gas distribution business, and provides the transport 
of these materials. 
The scope of DHL’s operations have been extended, with the logistics provider 
now operating the primary stores in Birmingham and also providing strategic 
spare parts for the construction and maintenance work carried out on National 
Grid’s electricity network. The primary distribution centre in Didcot, that 
supports the electricity business, will be managed by DHL and a network of 
smaller distribution centres will  cover 18 secondary and 51 tertiary 
(unmanned) stores nationwide. DHL will operate a fleet of vehicles making 
supplier collections and deliveries, and provide an inventory management system 
to optimise stock holding.    
National Grid employees currently working in the Birmingham and Didcot centres 
will transfer to DHL under TUPE regulations. 
Helen Barratt, Director of UK Shared Services at National Grid, said “We will 
leverage DHL’s supply chain expertise and best practice to deliver logistics 
services more effectively across our UK business as we implement sustainable, 
and innovative energy solutions for the future.” 
“We’re delighted that National Grid has extended its partnership with DHL,” 
added Alan Paterson, Business Director - Utilities & Infrastructure at DHL 
Supply Chain. “Our in-depth knowledge of the business and experience of the 
wider Utilities and Infrastructure market mean we’re ideally placed to help 
National Grid improve efficiency, improve service levels and deliver continuous 
improvement, as required under the RIIO framework*.”   
* (Revenue=Incentives+Innovation+Outputs) 
Media Contact: 
DHL Team at Lexis PR 
Phone: +44 (0)20 7 908 6581 
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company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air 
and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and 
international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more 
than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers 
customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply 
chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting 
environmental protection, disaster management and education. 
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billion euros in 2012.
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