DHL expands Marseille hub

International express delivery company DHL has announced that it has increased its presence at Marseille Provence Airport and has inaugurated a newly renovated hub that has doubled its warehouse capacity.

A statement from DHL said, “The surface area of the warehouse has more than doubled, from 1,300m2 to 3,000m2 ,” adding that “the workforce will also soon be doubled, increasing from 42 to 84 employees by the end of February”.

DHL can now add a new country for direct connections to the airport, and parcels will be able to be sent to and from Algeria from the new hub. France has old and well established connections to the north African country and there should be a lot of traffic in that direction.

Michel Akavi, CEO of DHL Express France, said: “Our Marseille hub plays a crucial role in our exchanges with North Africa. By increasing both human and material resources to handle this traffic, we are responding to the growth in volume and providing additional quality of service to our customers. This investment demonstrates the importance of France for DHL within its international infrastructure.”

Hervé Allié, Director of Hubs DHL France, added: “This new hub will have a crucial impact on the network. It will allow us to support the Leipzig and Brussels hubs.  Thanks to its new equipment, we are now able to handle the sorting of pieces from Leipzig and Brussels, which we were previously unable to do. The Marseille platform will lighten the sorting activities on these two sites.”

The expansion is a sign of confidence in the French economy, which is the third largest in terms of ecommerce in Europe. DHL has 19 regional hubs around the world, and the Marseille hub is one of two in France – the other is the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport site near Paris.