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DHL Global Forwarding, Freight celebrates 200 years of logistics

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight celebrates 200 years of logistics

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the air, ocean and road freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Back in 1815, the history of yellow-branded logistics started with Louis Danzas establishing “Danzas”, which was to become a worldwide renowned shipping company over the course of the next 20 decades.

Today, the air, ocean, road and rail logistic solutions are being further developed by DHL Global Forwarding, Freight – one of the four operating divisions of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

“The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that kept the company at the top of the industry over the last two centuries is part of our DNA,” said Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group.

“We constantly work on ways to redefine logistics and create new approaches to improve supply chains, in order to drive global trade, connect people and foster prosperity across the world.”

Danzas’ history began with goods being transported by horse and wagon via the important trade lane between Basel and Mulhouse. Later, after the invention of railway and steamship, new transportation routes were developed.

While shipping by land and sea was continuously growing, Danzas took advantage of the new opportunities and offered overseas deliveries to New York.

On top of leveraging different means of transportation and establishing branches across the world to increase their footprint, DHL also kept pace with progress in other areas.

Whether it is bar code scanning, the just-in-time delivery concept or IT solutions, DHL has always been driving further development of the industry.

Nowadays, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight manages the logistics behind global events such as Cirque du Soleil, ensuring everything is in place for the shows to run smoothly in each part of the world.

It transports wind mills and space-spectrometers, carefully moving the sensitive musical instruments of Gewandhausorchester on their tours, and helps to ship over 10,000 horsepower to 19 race locations across 5 continents in time for the next Formula One race.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of our staff. My thanks goes to our colleagues who give their utmost every day to strengthen our position as a market leader and move the entire company forward,” concludes Appel.

On the occasion of this jubilee, Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Freight, published the retro perspective “200 years of logistics – Danzas and DHL shape an industry” for the Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The book guides the reader through the years in more than 100 pages – from the company’s origin in Alsace to its path to being the leading logistics provider of the world, and is available in book stores under the following number ISBN 978-3-941136-37-3.

In the South Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding has grown to now include operations or offices in 20 locations across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Tony Boll, DHL Global Forwarding CEO South Pacific said: “We are so pleased to celebrate 200 years in freight forwarding – and are looking forward to many more. Our extensive history also extends to the South Pacific where DHL’s first office was established in Sydney in 1972. We now provide innovative and competitive air and ocean freight services for thousands of small, medium and large customers across the region.”

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