Optimizing Transportation Networks
In every region across the globe, our GF&L teams strived to stay ahead of the challenges that were presented by the strategic changes within Dell's fulfillment model. We have exceeded our performance targets and this was done while transforming our supply chain and redesigning the end-to-end transportation network. We accomplished this feat through the implementation of globalized processes and tools. That work has allowed us to deploy new capabilities to support the timely and efficient distribution of our products to our customers.
For example, in the Americas, when some facilities were closed or their functions changed, our logistics team modified the transportation lanes from those facilities to our transportation and logistics partner networks and then to our customers. Furthermore, as we increased the production level of original design manufacturers (ODMs), we made more adjustments to the products. These adjustments added new carriers and transportation lanes from those ODMs to existing inbound transportation networks within those regions.
We expanded our relationships with more retail partners around the world. In the Americas, we optimized our outbound transportation networks to deliver retail products. In Europe, we have expanded fulfillment center distribution network for mainland Europe retail orders. In addition to the retail initiative in Europe, we were also able to reengineer our delivery model for accessories, reducing truckload volumes and fuel consumption. At a larger scale, the EMEA parcel delivery program also achieved financial and environmental success. In Australia and New Zealand, our multipack program has had a positive impact toward our global objectives by reducing waste. These examples can be viewed as a sample of global initiatives that support our objectives. These initiatives allowed the consolidation and completion of retail orders closer to end customers, thus reducing the travel distance, fuel consumption and carbon emissions across the world.
Our Dell Logistics teams continued to explore the use of every mode of transportation and sought opportunities to ship more freight using modes that offer greater reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Our regional teams examined the ability to upgrade the attach rates for freight, which was best moved by sea instead...