12/03/2015, 10:00 AM CET

DHL integrates Sweden as the next country in the European parcel network

On November 1, DHL Parcel took over the management of the existing service point network, comprised of some 1,350 shops, in Sweden.

As soon as next year, DHL will have more than 10,000 Parcelshops in Europe outside of Germany that are managed across borders under a single brand.

  • Third market entry of DHL Parcel in Europe within a year
  • Service Points to become DHL Parcelshops
  • Expanded portfolio for e-commerce companies in Northern Europe

Bonn - On November 1, DHL Parcel took over the management of the existing service point network, comprised of some 1,350 shops, in Sweden. They had previously been run by DHL Freight, a leading provider of road freight services in Europe. The integration of the independent Service Point network into the European parcel business will put DHL Parcel in position to offer nationwide delivery in Sweden in the future. At the same time, this step gives international e-commerce companies access to another European market. DHL Freight, given its expertise in the local logistics processes, will remain the partner for transport and delivery of items within Sweden.

"Thanks to this presence in Sweden, we have now integrated the primary market of Northern Europe into our parcel network and passed another milestone on the road to having a dedicated B2C infrastructure for Europe," said Fabian Düx, Senior Vice President of Unattended Delivery at DHL Parcel Europe. "The team led by our Nordics CEO, Morten Villberg, is highly motivated to becoming the clear number 2 in the Swedish parcel market."

As soon as next year, DHL Parcel will transform the Service Points in Sweden into DHL Parcelshops, including the shop names. DHL will thus have more than 10,000 Parcelshops in Europe outside of Germany that are managed across borders under a single brand. Unlike most other European countries, private parcel shipments are not generally received at private residences. In fact, more than 90% of all B2C items are delivered to Parcelshops. Private customers are notified and then go there to pick up their parcels. At the same time, they can also ship items from these shops, including any possible returns.

Here DHL Parcel offers an attractive and timely offer right at the start of the holiday season: Until the end of January 2016, parcel shipping in Sweden with DHL will cost 99 Swedish Kronor (10.68 EUR) regardless of parcel weight or size. Private customers can purchase labels at the shop and then immediately post their items.