DHL expands operations in China

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Left to right: Christof Ehrhart, director of corporate communications and corporate responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group; Thomas Kipp, CEO for DHL eCommerce; Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, executive board chairman of FC Bayern Munich; Raimond Aumann, supporters and fan club coordinator for FC Bayern Munich.

DHL eCommerce, an offshoot of DHL Group, has expanded its e-commerce operations in China with the launch of the new Shanghai Terminal located in Jiuting. The postal operator also plans to launch additional drop-off centers in north and south China by the end of 2015.

The new terminal in Shanghai is a dedicated facility that will allow DHL to tap into the flourishing e-commerce sector in China. As well as importing goods, the facility will also function as the central point of consolidation of e-commerce goods from China for global distribution. The company already operates its own center out of Hong Kong, but establishing a base in Shanghai will help reduce transit time by up to three days for manufacturers, particularly in eastern and northern China.

The company announced its plans at a press briefing in China, which coincided with German soccer club FC Bayern Munich’s Audi Summer Tour taking place from July 16 to 24, 2015, in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. FC Bayern Munich recently launched an online club store on Tmall Global, an online platform by the Alibaba Group for selling into the Chinese market.

Thomas Kipp, CEO, DHL eCommerce, said, “We’re excited by China’s e-commerce sector where the trade volume in the first five months of 2015 was already equal to the whole of 2014. With about 95% of outbound logistics volume expected to come from nine provinces, we will continue to invest to grow our footprint in China and support the rising market demand.

“By the end of the year, the Shanghai Terminal will be complemented by a network of drop-off centers in north and south China. These centers will help provide regional consolidation of the large volumes, aggregating the shipments before they move to the Shanghai Terminal for final distribution around the world.”

July 22, 2015

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