DPDHL – globalisation must continue

CEO of Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Frank Appel said that global trade is set to grow despite mounting protectionist tendencies, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Bochum, Germany.

“World trade drives prosperity, and prosperity promotes peace. We therefore don’t need less globalization, but more – and we need it now and sustainably.”

He argued that countries should invest more heavily in infrastructure and education in the interests of long term growth.

“Logistics is the backbone of global trade,” said Appel, adding that global team work was impossible without it. Against this backdrop, he argued that Deutsche Post DHL Group was exceptionally positioned as the global industry leader.

DPDHL made an operating profit of €3.5 billion in 2016, and expects to increase this to €3.75bn in 2017.

Appel re-affirmed DPDHL’s aspiration to set standards in a digital world. It had had proven its ability to innovate by trialling the DHL Parcelcopter, and the supply chain division had successfully tested robots that ease the workload of warehouse operatives. He also noted that the Freight division had launched Saloodo!, a virtual marketplace that brings shippers and transport providers together, adding that “new technologies offer new opportunities for the next step. They make things easier and more productive – for our customers and for ourselves.”

The DPDHL Chief Executive also said that DPDHL Group now intends to sell the StreetScooter to outside customers, such as municipal enterprises and strategic partners. With this aim in mind, the Group will be expanding its production capacity significantly from a current 10,000 vehicles to 20,000 by the end of the year. Through this investment, Deutsche Post DHL Group is underlining its aim of being a driving force behind electro mobility and becoming the market leader in green logistics.  
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