DHL announces new sort facility

by Canadian Shipper

DHL has announced the opening of a new Regional Sort Center in Minneapolis, MN. The facility is the seventh new Regional Sort Center to be added to the DHL network this year as part of a $1.2 billion investment program launched by DHL in June 2004.

DHL is investing $3 million in the 21,532 square foot Minneapolis Regional Sort Center.

In the last two months, the company also announced the start of construction on its expanded Air & Ground Hub in Wilmington, Ohio and the opening of new Regional Sort Centers in Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Memphis, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Erie, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona.

“DHL made a promise to America’s businesses and consumers to shake up the U.S. express delivery and logistics market by providing greater choice and more competition,” said Fred Beljaars, Executive Vice President for Operations at DHL. “The new DHL sort facility in Minneapolis is the latest example of how we are delivering on that promise. It’s just one element of our $1.2 billion investment program to rapidly expand and enhance DHL’s network across North America.”

The Minneapolis facility, along with the six other new Regional Sort Centers announced by the company in the last two months, will increase DHL’s ground delivery product capacity by 60%, enhance network connectivity and help to improve service levels, says the company.

Each of the new Sort Centers will offer greater connectivity within DHL’s pickup and delivery network, and support the company’s comprehensive ground and air services.

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