DP-DHL posts mixed results for Q1 2018

As the first quarter of 2018 wraps up, Deutsche Post-DHL Group reported mixed results over the three-month period, reporting a net-profit drop of 6.2 percent, year-over-year, but an increase in operating profit (EBIT) by 2.3 percent to €905 million. DP-DHL also reported trouble in both the Supply Chain and Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) divisions, but also noted […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 9, 2018

DHL CEO Appel says ‘Protectionism is the wrong path’

Deutsche Post-DHL Group CEO Frank Appel joined industry leaders in denouncing the economic policy of protectionism in a speech delivered at the company’s annual general meeting this week, calling it “the wrong path, no matter where it is or what form it takes.” Many industry members – including CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, and the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 24, 2018

Demand for airfreight depresses margins at DHL Global Forwarding

Business is booming, but contracted rates are lagging, according to the latest second-quarter numbers at DHL’s forwarding arm. Sustained – and unexpected – demand for airfreight squeezed Q2 2017 profits at DHL Global Forwarding division, as shipping costs moved closer to rates that were locked in well in advance. However, across DHL’s  International Parcel, eCommerce […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 8, 2017

Bridges to Breakthroughs: How free trade can survive in a protectionist world

A war on the Korean peninsula would be unthinkable for global supply chains. “If Korea is hit by a missile,” Soo Kyoum Kim, of IDC Research told Bloomberg, “all electronics production will stop.” South Korea’s semiconductor manufacturers supply two-thirds of the world’s electronic memory chips, and it was the country’s indispensability to the global economy […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 5, 2017

Are rising airfreight rates a sign of resurgent global trade?

Airfreight rates ticked back up again in March, up US$0.21 per kilogram, or 6.7 percent over March 2016, as the industry moved out of a seasonal decline in rates that generally follows the holiday surge. Drewry's East West Airfreight Price Index registered an increase of 4 percent, to 87.6 points ($2.84/kg) in March 2017, pulling […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 25, 2017

Deutsche Post DHL Group, NGO Gavi partner in vaccine delivery

A partnership inked between Deutsche Post DHL Group (DP-DHL) and Gavi, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes immunization in lower-income countries, is the latest development in an effort to leverage technology to improve access to health care in harder-to-reach locations around the world. The terms of the deal allow Gavi to use DHL’s supply chain […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 20, 2017

Deutsche Post-DHL’s Frank Appel: Air Cargo Executive of the Year

Rumors had been fluttering around all spring and summer of 2015, but the gravity of the situation at DHL-Global Forwarding, Freight (DHL-GFF), didn’t hit home until August. That’s when the company announced that it was “temporarily suspending” the rollout its new, comprehensive IT management system, the New Forwarding Environment (NFE). In early spring, the CEO […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 1, 2016

DP-DHL’s Frank Appel: Embracing innovation

Frank Appel tours DHL's Leipzig facility. Photo: Volker Hartmann/DHL As can be seen with his site visits to various branch offices during the NFE crisis, Frank Appel may appear to be a hands-on CEO, ready to dive in and solve problems. In reality, though, he said his first inclination is to let his staff do […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 26, 2016

DP-DHL’s Frank Appel: Finding the right chemistry

Frank Appel’s business acumen came not from an MBA program but initially from a science textbook. He earned his Masters degree in chemistry at the University of Munich in 1989, followed by a Ph.D in neurobiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1993 (although he demurs from using the “Dr.” title). Having trouble […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 26, 2016

Getting I.T. Right: What forwarders can learn from DHL’s struggle

No one ever said it would be easy. But few people thought it would be so hard. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, had finally determined that it was going to get rid of “Logis,” its legacy IT system that dated back as far as 30 years, patched together from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 2, 2016

Appel adamant in support of DHL-GF division

If there were still any doubts about the veracity of the rumors last month that Deutsche Post was considering selling its underperforming DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) division, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, did his best to put the notion to rest yesterday at the Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference, held in Long Beach, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 2, 2016