DHL makes strategic moves in China

Deutsche Post DHL has indicated it is growing its established operations in China to “further sharpen its capabilities” as a logistics provider for the e-commerce sector.

Juergen Gerdes, Deutsche Post DHL Board Member Post-eCommerce, said in a statement, “Our strategic aspiration is to become the leader in e-commerce-related logistics, with the Asia-Pacific region and especially China playing a crucial role in our strategy. Offering our customers worldwide flexible, innovative and eco-friendly delivery solutions is necessary to consolidate this development. By means of the innovations and green logistics solutions we brought to market, we are set to help Asian retailers grow and exploit the opportunities e-commerce offers.”

The international delivery and logistics company has said that its divisions in China can “help e-commerce merchants with a full suite of logistics and value-added services”:

DHL-Sinotrans, the Group’s international express joint-venture established in 1986, has “developed the largest international express services network in China covering 80% of China’s major population and business centres”. DHL Global Forwarding operates 37 branches, five Air freight Gateways and six Ocean freight Gateways in China. It has also developed a network of rail solutions through China to Europe. DHL Supply Chain operates over 540,000 sqm of warehousing space in China and offers a range of value added services. DHL eCommerce offers two main cross-border products tailored for e-commerce – DHL GM Packet products, an affordable option to ship small, lightweight e-commerce orders utilizing the postal network for worldwide deliveries; and DHL Parcel International Direct which utilizes the DHL eCommerce network for commercial clearance for delivery services from China to key e-commerce export lanes such as Australia, US, UK, and Israel. DHL Parcel International Direct service is also expected to be expanded into Malaysia and Thailand, as demand for Chinese products from Southeast Asia continues to grow. “

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