Annual Report 2019
“We had a very successful 2019”
Deutsche Post DHL Group can look back on a record year. Group revenue continued to grow in all divisions. With an operating profit (EBIT) of EUR 4.1 billion, the company not only achieved its earnings target, it also reached a new record. Deutsche Post DHL Group plans a further significant increase in earnings for the current financial year. Due to the uncertainties related to the coronavirus pandemic, however, the Group has made its full-year forecast conditional.
2019 Sustainability Report
Connecting people, improving lives.
By collaborating in international and cross-sectoral initiatives we are playing an active part in shaping the future – only together can we meet the major challenges of our age.
The 2019 Sustainability Report describes the Group’s initiatives in the areas of governance, employees, the environment and society as well as the progress made thus far.
Thanks to an array of 10,000 StreetScooter vehicles (as of August 2019), developed and manufactured inhouse, and some 12,000 e-bikes and e-trikes, Deutsche Post DHL Group today operates the largest electric fleet in Germany. For the good of the environment and its customers, the company plans to replace its entire mail and parcel delivery fleet in the mid-term with electric vehicles that are charged with electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
DHL Global Connectedness Index: Globalization holding up under pressure
This update of the DHL Global Connectedness Index was calculated based on more than 3.5 million data points on country-to-country-flows. It provides full coverage from 2001 to 2018, along with partial analysis of the first half of 2019. The report also features a deep dive into the U.S.-China trading relationship, tracing the sharp decline in U.S.-China trade, as well as an examination of recent claims that globalization is giving way to regionalization.
DHL Global Trade Barometer
The DHL Global Trade Barometer is a new and unique early indicator for the current state and future development of global trade. It is based on large amounts of logistics data that are evaluated with the help of artificial intelligence. The indicator has been developed in cooperation between DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, and IT service provider Accenture. It is published four times a year.
Sustainable fuels for logistics
Even in this digitally connected age, logistics still relies on a physical network to get transports from A to B. That network forms the backbone of global trade that drives prosperity around the world. As the leading company in our industry, we at Deutsche Post DHL Group are proud of the work we do to connect people in every part of the world and enable progress around the globe. Our industry must also assume a special responsibility for the future, not least because of the vital role that logistics plays in value creation and growth. The reason is clear: A sustainable economy is unthinkable without sustainable logistics.
With its "Strategy 2025 – Delivering excellence in a digital world" the Group is laying the foundation to continue its successful growth trajectory beyond the horizon defined by the previous "Strategy 2020". The company will be focusing even more consistently on harnessing the sustained potential for profitable long-term growth contained in its core logistics businesses. Furthermore, it will be stepping up the digital transformation of the Group that is already underway in all business divisions.
The DHL Parcelcopter is intended primarily for situations that mesh poorly with established infrastructures or where standard delivery methods are overly lengthy. Locations not linked to the standard road network are one example. "Natural barriers" such as water or mountains are not an issue for the drone. The DHL Parcelcopter is thus seen as a tool for improving infrastructure in hard-to-reach areas, improving the lives of the inhabitants there.
DHL study reveals winning logistics strategies for the last mile
Increasing urbanization is making the last mile of delivery more complex and critical for the success of e-commerce companies, according to new research by DHL and market research company Euromonitor. With over 600 million more people forecast to live in urban environments by 2030 and new technologies creating opportunities for both service enhancement and disruption, online retailers and their logistics partners are being challenged to embrace bold new approaches in order to survive and compete.
From Startup to Catwalk: How DHL is stirring up the fashion industry
At first glance, fashion and logistics don't have much in common. The world of fashion, on the one hand, is glitzy, highly creative and seems to be all about style, beauty and the latest trends. The transport and logistics industry - the world of trucks containers and pallets - is, on the other hand, highly pragmatic. But the two worlds have more in common than you might think. In both industries, factors such as time, precision and attention to detail play huge roles.
Beethoven on Tour
Using original exhibits and high-quality facsimiles produced especially for this exhibition, visitors will be able to gain an insight into Beethoven's life and work using multimedia technology. These include one of Beethoven's original ear trumpets and an original print from Andy Warhol's Beethoven series from 1987.
Because of these irreplaceable exhibits, too, the exhibition logistics must meet the highest demands. The exhibits are packed in specially manufactured transport crates in which they are protected from temperature fluctuations and vibrations. The DHL SmartSensor technology is used during shipping to continuously monitor the fragile items and ensure consistently optimal transport conditions.