DHL eCommerce Ramps Up with $300M Investment
September 30, 2021
DHL eCommerce is investing more than $300 million in the U.S. in the
next five years. The investment will expand its footprint in the U.S. by adding
70% more square footage across its network. Additionally, the company will add
automation in all of its U.S. distribution center facilities and upgrade its IT
operating system platform.
As a result of ongoing international e-commerce growth, DHL eCommerce Solutions
is also investing in dedicated export gateways for international shipments in
Carteret, New Jersey; Franklin Park, Illinois and Whittier, California.
“As our network grows and we become more efficient through automation, our
customers will benefit by getting their goods quicker to their eager consumers,”
said Lee Spratt, CEO, DHL eCommerce Solutions, Americas. “We are investing
long-term because we believe consumers will continue to buy more online, and we
will see additional online shops popping up, so we want to be prepared to meet
this future demand.”
Midwest export gateway location
company’s Franklin Park 69,000 sq. ft. international export gateway opened on
July 17, 2021, and includes a TSA screening area. The company will continue
processing domestic parcel shipments from its second Illinois location in
West Coast export gateway location
DHL eCommerce Solutions’ Whittier distribution center opened at the end of 2020
and expanded in August 2021. The Whittier location extended by 100,000 sq. ft.
directly next door to its current location, where international parcels and
packages are being processed.
Northeast export gateway location
The international export gateway in Carteret will open in September 2021. The
new permanent 50,000 sq. ft. building will include a TSA cargo screening area.
DHL eCommerce Solutions opened its first fully automated distribution center in
Avenel, New Jersey in November 2018 and will continue to process domestic
shipments from this location.
DHL eCommerce Solutions currently has 19 distribution centers and three
corporate offices in the United States with approximately 4,200 employees. The
division is focused 100 percent on servicing B2C online merchants, shipping
lightweight packages and parcels domestically and internationally.