DHL Express has unveiled a new 140,000 square foot parcel hub at Miami International Airport, with Jennifer Carroll, lieutenant governor of Florida, and Steve Meadows, director of Miami Gateway, performing the opening ceremony. The facility will process shipments to and from Latin America and the Caribbean. DHL will also provide air cargo and charter services from the site to Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S., said the company’s investment of more than $20 million would support market growth in import and export volumes on the growing U.S.-Latin America trade lane.
Coinciding with the opening, DHL announced the recent signing of a new Global Buyer Initiative (GBI) that seeks to introduce customers in foreign countries to small- and medium-sized business suppliers in the U.S. The GBI is part of a series of partnership programs under the U.S. government’s National Export Initiative. DHL is launching its GBI initially in Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Canada.
DHL is also nearing completion on a $47 million expansion of its regional hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport, part of an extensive worldwide program of systems investment.
In Germany, Deutsche Post DHL commissioned its first mechanized delivery parcel center this week at a former main freight depot in Braunschweig. The fully automated system automatically passes sorted parcels to the relevant delivery person via box chutes, which each hold up to 200 parcels. Distribution was previously carried out manually.
“By processing the parcels directly at the delivery base we save time and allow faster deliveries to the customer. The new system is better ergonomically as well and has met with approval among the employees,” said Uwe Brinks, head of production at Deutsche Post DHL.
A total of 25 such facilities are planned across Germany by the end of 2013. Meanwhile, sorting capacity has been increased to 28,000 parcels per hour at 19 of DHL’s 33 parcel centers across the country. “We are now able to deal with the high throughput in the period leading up to Christmas,” Brinks added. Next year, DHL’s first German parcel center with a sorting capacity of 40,000 parcels per hour will come on line in Feucht, near Nuremberg, and construction will begin on a yet bigger parcel center outside Frankfurt.