DHL investing $290m in the Americas

DHL Express has announced its investment plans for the US and the Americas.

$185 million is earmarked in 2016 and 2017 for developing technology, infrastructure and people in the US. A further $105 million is being spent on supporting its growth plan in key countries in the Americas region to include Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

“DHL Express is continuing its strong progress in the US,” explained Ken Allen, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Post AG, and CEO, DHL Express. “As part of our focus on international express shipping and our commitment to continually improving customer service, we are directing our investments toward upgrading our facilities, expanding our staff and providing them with the technology they need to enhance productivity and to be more efficient.”

In a statement, the company said: “DHL has already completed a portion of the $108million investment project at its Americas Hub, located at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, which was announced last year. The North Ramp expansion, which opened just two weeks ago, is built on 45 acres of land and provides parking space for 16 additional planes each night and adds new storage and warehouse space for ramp equipment and shipping containers. Coming next year will be additional automated sorting capability and 40 new reload positions that will enhance the hub’s efficiency to handle the growing e-commerce volume seen in the U.S. and the Americas.”

Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express Americas, added: “Going forward, we will continue to keep our focus on the last mile, leveraging technologies and solutions that provide added convenience for customers.

“This approach focuses on convenient pick-up and drop-off options, proactive notification and flexible delivery solutions. We are also reconfiguring delivery routes to handle more afternoon deliveries due to an increasing number of shipments going to residential customers, in part due to increased e-commerce volume.”

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