DHL eCommerce Solutions, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, plans to invest approximately $30 million in 2020 to expand its operation in the United States. The investment includes purchasing a fully-owned move-in-ready distribution center in the United States and temporary distribution center space in Chicago, Los Angeles and Avenel, NJ. Due to anticipated 2020 holiday peak volume increases, automation equipment investments are also planned. At the end of the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter, the company is hiring 900 new distribution center workers to support its growth.
“It is an extremely proud moment for us to move to our first fully-owned U.S. building located in Atlanta,” said Lee Spratt, CEO of DHL eCommerce Solutions Americas. “Our expansion plans have been in the works for some time, but with this year’s consistent surge in e-commerce volumes, we understood the urgency of finalizing our plans to have a permanent home in the Atlanta area and additional space in strategic metropolitan U.S. locations.”
The 150,000 square foot building located 20 miles from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport has access to some of the main thoroughfares for speedy air and ground parcel transportation. The distribution center will process domestic lightweight parcels. In addition to the new building, the initial investment will include a sorting machine that can process 20,000-30,000 parcels per hour.
DHL eCommerce Solutions currently has 19 distribution centers and three corporate offices in the United States and Canada with approximately 3,000 employees. The division is focused on servicing B2C online merchants, shipping lightweight packets and parcels domestically and internationally.