The 2012/10/15 at 13:00
Alexandre T. Analis
Although the headquarters of DHL are in Bonn, Leipzig is the city hosting, since 2008, its European hub. Previously located at Zaventem Airport (Brussels) that it outgrew, there was once question of the hub being moved to Vatry Airport (France) but the final decision was otherwise. Leipzig – Halle Airport is today one of DHL’s three big international hubs, along with Cincinnati in North America and Hong Kong for Asia. With the group’s 19 other regional hubs, DHL owns the leading air network in its sector on a world scale. Total investments in the construction of the Leipzig hub may have exceeded 350 million euros, but the results are pretty impressive: two million square metres, with 11,900 m2 for the administrative building, 27,360 m2 for the hangar and 48,000 m2 for the sorting centre. Over 3,300 employees work on this site where transhipment volumes reach 1,500 tonnes per working day and 210 plane movements. The Leipzig hub is linked to 80 destinations in Europe and neighbouring regions (namely Africa) and represents over 90 % of DHL Express expeditions in Europe.
Not far from the hub, DHL Supply Chain has constructed an integrated solutions centre covering 15,000 m2. This “end-of-runway” operation offers direct access to the European air network. Advantages are considerable for clients: for example, an order received before 11 pm can be processed, wrapped and dispatched on the DHL Express network, then delivered to any major European city before 9 am the next day. Clients can thus improve their levels of service and reduce their on-ground stocks. DHL’s hub and end-of runway services in Leipzig are set to increase their activities in coming years: as the world’s number one in its sector, DHL Express saw its turnover progress by 13 % last year while the whole of the market “only” progressed by 8 %. With a turnover of 11.6 billion euros and 32 % of the market share in 2011, the company is well ahead of its three main rivals (27 % for FedEx, 21 % for UPS and 7 % for TNT). As far as logistics go, despite the economic crisis, DHL Supply Chain is also continuing to progress, namely thanks to the recent signing of contracts with BP, Huawei, Quickacy, Unilever and Warburtons. Last year, DHL Supply Chain conquered 7.7 % of the global market share, far ahead of CEVA (2.4 %) and K+N (2.1 %). The CEO of DHL Express Europe, John Pearson has defined the group’s major priorities for the period between 2012 and 2015, based on great service quality, maintaining client loyalty, building a profitable network, and employee motivation.
More detailed information is available on the following web site: www.dhl.com