DHL is picking up the pace - with faster express services to North America and Asia
Pick-up at two in the afternoon in Düsseldorf, and next day delivery around noon in Chicago: In times of rapidly accelerating globalization, fast and cost-efficient international transport of airfreight shipments is becoming tremendously important. Logistics services providers have to offer more than just the greatest possible geographic coverage in order to ideally meet the demands of business customers. Success also depends on being able to deliver the goods sent via airfreight as quickly as possible and on deadline to the destination. This is why DHL is expanding its time definite and day definite express delivery services around the world. DHL is placing special emphasis on expanding its express services in the United States, where it has invested a total of approximately 1.2 billion U.S. dollars to expand its logistics centers and flight capacities.
Since April 2007, DHL offers expanded overnight deliveries from Europe to the United States. Shipments picked up by DHL in the afternoon in major metropolitan areas in Germany, the UK, Belgium, France, Italy or the Netherlands will be delivered the next day to all major business centers in the U.S. The reason: earlier flight times and improved shipments clearance cut travel time for packages in half, which means that DHL customers can gain up to 24 hours per delivery. But not only companies located in major cities benefit from the improved express service. Shipments sent to destinations located outside of major American metropolitan areas are now already delivered during the morning on the second day after shipment. And America's neighbors, Canada and Mexico, also benefit as DHL delivers packages in these two countries before the close of business on the second day after shipment.
The accelerated delivery of shipments between the U.S. and Europe is only one important logistical aspect of North American shipments; the other is shipments from North America to Asia. Companies in the Asia-Pacific region are among America's most important trading partners. For example, trade between the U.S. and Indonesia alone has grown on average by 12 percent per year since 2003 and was valued at 16.5 billion dollars in 2006. Since February shipments from Indonesia to any address in the U.S. will be delivered in just two days.
The U.S. West Coast is America's gateway to Asia, and DHL is strengthening its presence there this spring with a new cargo-handling terminal in Southern California. The logistics service provider invested about 3 million dollars in new facilities and now offers direct flights from there to Hong Kong. The East Coast of the U.S. is now also more closely linked to the Asian-Pacific region. Last summer DHL introduced new direct flights from New York to Asia thereby offering overnight connections to its customers on the U.S. East Coast to their business partners located in Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong.
But nowhere else in the world is the demand for time definite deliveries of shipments growing faster than within the booming region of China itself. First among global logistics companies, DHL has been offering customers in China domestic airfreight services connecting a total of 17 cities in China since the beginning of the year. This new service makes it possible to handle shipments of goods within China even faster - and within DHL's global network this means that customers outside of China will also benefit. No matter if it's Europe, Asia, the U.S. or the Middle East - DHL is increasingly reducing the distance between globally active business partners as it expands its express logistics service while at the same time strengthening its position as market leader.