DHL

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DHL is a German international logistics company. The company is providing courier, parcel delivery and express mail services. DHL is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post. DHL delivers more than 1.6 billion packages a year. It is headquartered in Bonn, Germany.[1]

Deutsche Post DHL Group
Subsidiary[2]
IndustryCourier
FoundedSan Francisco, U.S.
(September 25, 1969; 53 years ago (1969-09-25))
FoundersAdrian Dalsey
Larry Hillblom
Robert Lynn
HeadquartersBonn, Germany
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Dr. Frank Appel (CEO)[3]
ProductsDHL Express Worldwide
DHL Express 9:00
DHL Express 12:00
ServicesParcel delivery, EMS, freight forwarding, third-party logistics
RevenueIncrease 81,7 billion (2021)[4]
Number of employees
Increase 400,000 (2021)
ParentDeutsche Post
Websitewww.dhl.com

History[change | change source]

DHL semitrailer truck

Background[change | change source]

At the beginning of the mass adoption of containers for shipping goods in the 1960s, mail services, mostly monopolies, were inefficient. The cargo documents related with the contents of the containers often also traveled by ship, so they arrived after the cargo, causing the accumulation of containers in the ports.

Establishment[change | change source]

Between the three founders, they came up with the idea of delivering shipping papers early, by plane, from San Francisco to Honolulu. In this way, customs formalities could begin before the ship reached port. Unloading time was reduced, saving shipowners costs. To make these shipments, the company often gave away airline tickets to travelers willing to carry a suitcase of business documents. The idea was the start of a new industry. This is the international express delivery service that was initially nicknamed "Smuggling as a service".

Foreign offices[change | change source]

From there, it underwent a great development. In 1970, DHL entered the East Coast of the United States and expanded into the Pacific in 1971. In 1974, it made its first European office in London. Since 1977, DHL has been present in the Middle East and in 1978 it opened its first office in Germany.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Express-Logistik: DHL kämpft im Osten um Kunden". www.handelsblatt.com (in German). Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  2. "facts & figures" (PDF). Deutsche Post DHL Group. April 2020.
  3. "Deutsche Post DHL – Board of Management".
  4. "Deutsche Post DHL Group closes 2021 with record earnings". Deutsche Post DHL Group. March 2021.

Other websites[change | change source]