Inside Logistics

DHL prepping for 2020 holiday surge

Invests millions in distribution centre, automation and looks to fill 900 jobs

September 11, 2020

WESTON, Florida DHL eCommerce Solutions, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, plans to invest approximately US$30 million in 2020 to expand and modernize its operation in the United States.

The investment includes purchasing its first fully-owned move-in-ready distribution centre in the U.S. and temporary DC space in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Avenel, New Jresey. Due to anticipated 2020 holiday peak volume increases in November and December 2020, automation equipment investments are also planned. At the end of the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter, the company is hiring 900 new distribution centre workers to support its growth.

“It is an extremely proud moment for us to move to our first fully-owned U.S. building located in Atlanta,” said DHL eCommerce Solutions Americas CEO Lee Spratt.

“Our expansion plans have been in the works for some time, but with this year’s consistent surge in e-commerce volumes, we understood the urgency of finalizing our plans to have a permanent home in the Atlanta area and additional space in strategic metropolitan U.S. locations.”

The 150,000 square foot building located 32 kilometres from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport has access to some of the main thoroughfares for speedy air and ground parcel transportation. The distribution centre will process domestic lightweight parcels. In addition to the new building, the initial investment will include a sorting machine that can process 20,000 to 30,000 parcels per hour.

“At DHL eCommerce Solutions, we expect to see 30 to 50 percent more e-commerce volumes this holiday peak season compared to last season, so we have made the necessary investments in our footprint, machinery, and people to be ready to serve our customers and make this season a success,” said Spratt.

DHL eCommerce Solutions currently has 19 distribution centres and three corporate offices in the United States and Canada with approximately 3,000 employees. The division is focused on B2C online merchants, shipping lightweight packets and parcels domestically and internationally.