Parcel delivery and logistics provider DHL Express has opened a new sorting facility in Sunnyvale, California, to better serve the international shipping needs of technology firms in the region.
John Fox, vice president and general manager of the Western USA for DHL Express, said, “Silicon Valley is a spectacular market that continues to flourish and have an impact on many different industries. DHL was founded in San Francisco nearly 50 years ago, and we are proud to have the opportunity to continue investing and growing in the area where it all started.”
The new US$12m, 39,000ft2 facility is capable of sorting up to 3,000 packages per hour. Its central location in Sunnyvale will provide customers in the West San Jose, Santa Cruz, Mountain View and Sunnyvale areas with faster delivery times by up to one hour. In addition, customers in these areas will be able to take advantage of later shipment pick-up cut-off times. DHL now has four service centers in the San Francisco Bay Area – Fremont, Oakland, San Francisco and now Sunnyvale.
As part of the company’s global initiative to reduce its carbon footprint, DHL is investing US$3.5m to add 30 electric vehicles to its 40-vehicle fleet in Sunnyvale. The new high-efficiency electric vehicles are part of the Deutsche Post DHL GoGreen program to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by the year 2020.
DHL recently increased its Sunnyvale staff by 33%. The company currently employs 500 Bay Area operational staff, including couriers, agents, and management.