DHL Express

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DHL Express
Deutsche Post AG
IndustryExpress Logistics
HeadquartersBonn, Germany
Key peopleKen Allen (CEO, Chairman)[1]
Adrian Dalsey (co-founder)
Larry Hillblom (co-founder)
Robert Lynn (co-founder)
ProductsDHL Express Worldwide
DHL Express 9:00
DHL Express 12:00
OwnersDeutsche Post DHL
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DHL Express
Deutsche Post AG
IndustryExpress Logistics
HeadquartersBonn, Germany
Key peopleKen Allen (CEO, Chairman)[1]
Adrian Dalsey (co-founder)
Larry Hillblom (co-founder)
Robert Lynn (co-founder)
ProductsDHL Express Worldwide
DHL Express 9:00
DHL Express 12:00
OwnersDeutsche Post DHL

DHL Express[2] is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL providing international express mail services. Deutsche Post is the world's largest logistics company operating around the world.[3] DHL is a world market leader in sea and air mail.[4][5]

Originally founded in 1969 to deliver documents between San Francisco and Honolulu, the company expanded its service throughout the world by the late 1970s. The company was primarily interested in offshore and inter-continental deliveries, but the success of FedEx prompted their own intra-U.S. expansion starting in 1983. DHL aggressively expanded to countries that could not be served by any other delivery service, including the Soviet Union, Eastern Bloc, Iraq, Iran, China, Vietnam and North Korea.

In 1998, Deutsche Post began to acquire shares in DHL. It finally reached majority ownership in 2001, and completed the purchase in 2002. Deutsche Post then effectively absorbed DHL into its Express division, while expanding the use of the DHL brand to other Deutsche Post divisions, business units and subsidiaries. Today, DHL Express shares its well-known DHL brand with other Deutsche Post business units, such as DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain.



Old DHL logo before its purchase by Deutsche Post AG

Larry Hillblom was studying law at University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and had little money. He started running courier duty between San Francisco and Los Angeles, picking up packages for the last flight of the day, and returning on the first flight the next morning, up to five times a week.

When he graduated, Hillblom decided to go into the courier business himself. He found a niche that no other company was filling, to fly bills of lading from San Francisco to Honolulu. By flying the documents ahead of the freight they could be processed prior to vessel arrival and save valuable time after arrival.

Hillblom put up a portion of his student loans to start the company, bringing in his two friends Adrian Dalsey and Robert Lynn as partners, with their combined initials of their last names as the company name (DHL). All three shared a Plymouth Duster that they drove around San Francisco to pick up the documents in suitcases, then rushed to the airport to book flights using another relatively new invention, the corporate credit card. As the business took off, they started hiring new couriers to join the company. Their first hires were Max and Blanche Kroll, whose apartment in Hawaii often became a makeshift flophouse for their couriers.

The company started expanding their service through the early 1970s, first to the Philippines, then Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. For lower-volume routes the company hired couriers on a one-off basis, trading airline tickets for the delivery. This simple expedient repeatedly saved the company many legal hassles in the future, when would-be investigators took them up on the open offer and make a delivery while taking their family on vacation. The first was when the FBI was tipped off about the groups of briefcase-carrying young men making repeated trips to Hawaii, and when they investigated and found nothing amiss, several agents became regular couriers for the company.[citation needed]

Domestic expansion[edit]

In the 1970s DHL was one of the only truly international delivery companies, and the only one offering overnight service. The only major competitor in the overnight market was Federal Express (FedEx), which did not open its first international service until 1981, expanding to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Nevertheless, the domestic market was extremely profitable, and DHL was the third largest courier behind FedEx and the UPS.

Deutsche Post purchase[edit]

Deutsche Post began to acquire shares in DHL in 1998, finally reaching majority ownership in 2001. Following the completion of the purchase in 2002, Deutsche Post effectively absorbed DHL into its Express division, while expanding the use of the DHL brand to other Deutsche Post divisions, business units and subsidiaries. Today, DHL Express shares its well-known DHL brand with other Deutsche Post business units, such as DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Freight, DHL Supply Chain, and DHL Global Mail.

Traditional DHL subsidiary in Steinfurt (Germany) sharing premises and logistics with Deutsche Post
DHL boat in Amsterdam, carrying DHL delivery bicycles on board.
DHL advertising on the Tren de la Costa light railway, Buenos Aires
DHL semitrailer truck

All US domestic flights were handled by DHL Airways, Inc. which in 2003 was renamed ASTAR Air Cargo. DHL's first airline still remains with over 550 pilots in service, as of October 2008.[6]

DHL G-BIKC: ex British Airways Boeing 757, converted to cargo type in 2001 - Landing at Madrid Airport (Spain) - Old DHL color scheme and logo .


DHL Express's global headquarters are part of the Deutsche Post headquarters in Bonn.

Headquarters for the Americas are located in Plantation, Florida, USA, while its Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets headquarters are located in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The European hub is in Leipzig, Germany.

Most of DHL Express' business is incorporated as DHL International GmbH.

Major competitors include FedEx, UPS, TOLL, TNT and national post carriers such as United States Postal Service and Royal Mail. However, DHL has a minor partnership with the USPS, which allows DHL to deliver small packages to the recipient through the USPS network. It is also the sole provider for transferring USPS mail in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

DHL offers worldwide services, including deliveries to countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Myanmar (formerly called Burma). As it is German-owned, DHL is not affected by U.S. embargoes or sanctions and will ship to Cuba[23] and North Korea.[24][25] However there are strict codes for delivering to North Korea, as the country has shaky relations with the West.[24]

As DHL is not a US company, it is not allowed to make domestic flights between U.S. airports. DHL contracts these services to other providers.[18]

Environmental record[edit]

Measures have been taken to physically control the amount of polluting by use of the alternative fuel examples. DHL changed vehicles in certain delivery fleets in accordance to their use of newer fuel ideas. The fuel was switched to compressed natural gas which they hope to accomplish with 50% of their vans.[26]

On 16 September 2005, DHL won a High Court injunction establishing an exclusion zone around each of its 288 buildings in the UK as well as the homes of its 18,000 UK employees. The firm has been the subject of a campaign of intimidation because of their business with Huntingdon Life Sciences. The judge banned protesters from coming within 50 yards (46 m) of any DHL premises or the homes of their employees as well as any organized demonstration within 100 yards (91 m) unless the police had been given four hours' notice. The injunction also protects anyone doing business with DHL from intimidation.[27]

DHL aviation[edit]

Main article: DHL Aviation

Deutsche Post owns five airline subsidiaries operating for DHL Express, operating a total of 96 aircraft and another 21 aircraft on orders, which are collectively referred to as DHL Aviation:


DHL-colored Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 racing cars of Penske Racing

For several years, DHL was the primary sponsor of the Porsche RS Spyder Le Mans Prototypes in the IMSA American Le Mans Series. DHL also sponsors Ryan Hunter-Reay's #28 IndyCar Series car for Andretti Autosport since 2011. Manchester United Football Club announced them as their first training kit sponsor in August 2011, agreeing a four-year deal with DHL reported to be worth £40 million; it is believed to be the first instance of training kit sponsorship in English football.[28][29] In 2014, FC Bayern Munich agreed a six-year sponsorship deal with DHL.[30]

DHL were the main title sponsor of the Jordan Formula One team during 2002.

A Jordan Grand Prix Formula One car at the US Grand Prix at the Indianapolis track.

DHL is a major sponsor of Surf Life Saving Australia.

DHL is the current title sponsor of the South African Western Cape based Rugby Union teams Western Province and the Stormers. This is came into effect on 1 January 2011 for a period of three years.[31]

For the 2011-2012 Volvooceanrace DHL is one of four race partners providing logistics for this worldwide event.[32] [33]

In 2012, the company became the main sponsor of League of Ireland club Bohemian F.C.[34]

In 2014, the company is sponsoring, with IMG Fashion, DHL Exported, which is aimed at "assisting designers who are already successful locally to gain momentum internationally."[35] DHL Exported will "sponsor a chosen designer for two consecutive seasons at" the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week or Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo.[35] IMG Fashion "will accept applications from Feb. 17 through April 2 at"[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Deutsche Post DHL | Ken Allen
  2. ^ "DHL" stands for Dalsey, Hillblom & Lynn, the surnames of the founders.
  3. ^ DHL/DPAG. "DHL Divisions". Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ Deutsche Post DHL: Kunde statt Chaos - manager magazin - Unternehmen
  5. ^ Top 10 Unternehmen
  6. ^ DHL. "USA". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  7. ^ Skyguide. "Information regarding the air accident". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  8. ^ Flight Safety. "DHL". Archived from the original on May 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  9. ^ "DHL expansion controversy leads to strike". 2004-10-27. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  10. ^ DHL. "DHL Global Press Release". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  11. ^ DHL. "DHL UK press release". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  12. ^ Flight Global (2008-01-28). "AeroLogic outlines launch and expansion plans". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  13. ^ DHL. "DHL to restructure U.S. express business". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  14. ^ UPS CEO says DHL deal could change
  15. ^
  16. ^ "ALPA Calls Upon Congress to Hold New Hearings on DHL-UPS Deal". Reuters. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
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  18. ^ a b Aaron Smith (2008-11-10). "DHL cuts 9,500 U.S. jobs". CNN. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ CNBC. "UPS, DHL Scrap Airlift Agreement Talks". Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  21. ^ "Gov. Beshear Participates in Ribbon-Cutting for DHL’s Global Hub in Northern Kentucky". 
  22. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ DHL. "Cuba". Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  24. ^ a b DHL. "Korea". Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  25. ^ Jong, Hwa Sun (May 12, 2012). "DHL office works well in Pyongyang". Pyongyang times (George Washington University). 
  26. ^ "DHL Makes CNG Alternative Fuel of Choice in UAE". 24 March 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "DHL obtains court injunction". Victims of Animal Rights Extremism. Archived from the original on 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  28. ^ "DHL delivers new shirt deal". (Manchester United). 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Manchester United unveils two new commercial deals". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  30. ^ FC Bayern Munich. 22 August 2014 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "DHL new sponsor for WP/ Stormers Rugby". The Stormers. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  32. ^ Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | DHL
  33. ^ And AFC Champions league Official Timming and Logistics Partner
  34. ^ Bohs agree sponsorship deal with DHL - - League of Ireland
  35. ^ a b c Lockwood, Lisa (5 February 2014). "DHL, IMG Fashion Launch Program to Boost Designers". WWD. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 

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