New DHL Express hub in Brussels to quadruple regional capacity

DHL Express opened its 36,500-square-meter Brussels hub today, quadrupling the integrator’s capacity for the region. The €140 million facility features automated sorting technology that allows later pick-up times, greater flexibility and higher reliability for Belgian shippers. Capable of handling 42,000 shipments per hour, the Brussels hub is one of the largest facilities in DHL Express’ […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 22, 2018

China’s manufacturing shift to boost airfreight demand at expense of maritime

The latest analysis from DHL says that a shift from manufacturing to services and consumption underway in China bodes well for airfreight, at the expense of seafreight. With medium-term demand for air freight expected to stay strong, DHL is now advising businesses to secure sufficient airfreight capacity in case there is a shortage. “With China’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

DHL launches Global Trade Barometer, calls for 3 more months of trade growth

Few logistics companies have access to the volume of trade data that DHL commands on a daily basis. Starting this year, the global integrator is crunching that data into its just-released “Global Trade Barometer,” a quarterly measure of economic growth based on import and export data for a number of intermediate and early-cycle commodities that […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 22, 2018

Top 10 Air Cargo World stories of 2017

We at Air Cargo World thank you for your loyal readership during this surprisingly busy 2017 and wish you continued success in the coming new year. But before we turn the calendar to 2018, we thought we’d take one last look back at this year – our 75th continuous year in publishing – and find […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 29, 2017

DHL expands Hong Kong hub as China market heats up

With last week’s 11/11 e-commerce holiday just the latest in a series of broken records for e-commerce volumes, companies are re-evaluating the scope of China’s market and positioning themselves for continued growth. Case in point: DHL Express announced a €335 million expansion of its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong, as the express shipper […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 14, 2017

DHL to break ground on ‘8-figure’ freight facility near Hanover Airport

European road-freight service provider DHL Freight is making “an eight-figure investment” in a new 7,800-square-meter freight hub at the Hanover Airport Business Park in Langenhagen, Germany. DHL Freight expects its investment to translate into improvements in LTL (less-than-truckload) and FTL (full-truck-load) transport. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the beginning of 2018. The investment is part of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 13, 2017

DHL customers prefer root canals to late shipments

In DHL’s 2017 Holiday Survey, 27 percent of the integrator’s customers surveyed said that they would “rather get a root canal than have personal holiday shipments come late,” which suggests that some 27 percent of customers haven’t yet experienced the skull-splitting agony of the dentists’ drill burrowing into their molars. Regardless, there’s a lot of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 10, 2017

DHL adds global gateway facility to O’Hare cargo development

DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.” The new […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

Real-life Tetris: Computer game tech shakes up DHL’s logistics ops

Anyone who has loaded a truck knows that the process is basically an analog version of Tetris, and with more sweating and swearing. But 33 years after Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov released the tile-matching puzzle video game, the two have finally become twain, thanks to some innovative thinking on the part of DHL and […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 29, 2017

Shanghai Pharma, DHL sign supply-chain agreement

Chinese pharmaceuticals group Shanghai Pharma signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DHL Supply Chain to expand its pharmaceuticals supply chain. Under the MOU, Shanghai Pharma will receive priority access to DHL’s network, including its temperature-controlled life sciences services to Europe. DHL said it will work with Shanghai Pharma to improve the group’s overseas distribution […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 7, 2017

DHL, Wärtsilä announce successful completion of warehouse robotics experiment

DHL and Wärtsilä, a Finnish manufacturer of power sources and other equipment, completed joint testing of mobile robots from Fetch Robotics at one of Wärtsilä’s warehouses in Kampen, the Netherlands. The trial found that robots travelled more than 30 kilometers per day, contributed to productivity, and made for a safer overall work environment by taking […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 12, 2017

Cathay Pacific to buy out DHL’s minority share in Air Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific and DHL entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) that positions Cathay Pacific Group to purchase DHL Group’s 40 percent stake in Air Hong Kong (AHK), making AHK a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, which already owns the other 60 percent. Under the current non-binding terms, set to take effect on […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 10, 2017

Southwest Cargo commences ops at CVG

  Earlier this week, Southwest Cargo opened its newest cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). Like Southwest’s entire U.S. domestic network, the carrier’s cargo division will manage the bellyspace capacity on flights moving through CVG. Initially, eight daily nonstop flights will serve CVG, with five to Chicago’s Midway (MDW), and three to Baltimore’s BWI. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 9, 2017

DHL ramps up investment in Brazil’s logistics sector

On the same day that DHL announced that it will begin managing in-plant logistics for Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing plant in Itatiaia, Brazil, the integrator’s supply chain arm, DHL Supply Chain, also said it will acquire control of the Brazilian road carrier Polar Transportes, a transport service provider for the life sciences and healthcare industry. […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 18, 2017
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