DHL Express in 2019: a review of another great year for DHL Express and British business

DHL Express in 2019

Posted on 23/12/2019 by DHL Express 0 comments

Another year comes to an end, and what a year it has been for DHL Express! 2019 has been full of DHL updates, events and our continual help and advice for businesses of all sizes to go global. As 2020 approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of our highlights of the year.

DHL turned 50!

A landmark birthday was celebrated in 2019 as DHL turned 50! From humble beginnings in 1969 to the most global logistics network today, our trade lanes now reach more than 220 countries and territories around the globe. We even marked our special anniversary by accompanying one of the world’s biggest rock stars, Bryan Adams, on tour! You can watch our video marking the tour here.

Meet our electric fleet

As the world’s leading international express delivery service provider, we launched ten new electric courier vans this year, taking to London roads as part of our UK fleet. This move is an important step towards making city streets greener and reducing the impact of commercial vehicles on the environment. The rollout of the new Renault ZE Masters vans is the first stage in our plan to run 400 electric vehicles in its UK-wide fleet by 2025.

Richard Crook, Director of Fleet at DHL Express, said: “In our ambition to become the most environmentally-friendly provider on the market we have to balance the needs of customers with protecting and respecting the planet.”

Read more about our move towards zero logistics-related emissions.

Positive Fashion Initiative

In collaboration with the British Fashion Council, and NGO Julie’s Bicycle, this year DHL developed and released an insightful White Paper addressing the environmental impacts of the global fashion industry. Historically, global trade has enabled the flow of goods across the world and changed the face of the fashion industry. Now, we want to be part of making another shift in the industry: one that takes us into a society living within the boundaries of our planet.

Download the paper for recommendations on sustainable practices and future-facing solutions.

Official Logistics Partner of the Rugby World Cup 2019

2019 was a big year for sport, especially rugby! The nail-biting final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan between England and South Africa will be in our memories for a very long time, even if we didn’t win. As the Official Logistics Partner of the Rugby World Cup 2019 we highlighted some of the benefits and opportunities the Japanese market can offer British businesses. Between 2018 and 2022, the e-commerce market in Japan is expected to grow by 29 per cent to be worth $203.9 billion. With 77 million online shoppers, Japan’s e-commerce revenue was worth an impressive $105 billion in 2018 alone.

Download our guide to find out where the potential for your business lies in Asia.

Chamber Business Awards 2019

We were honoured to sponsor not one, but two awards at this year’s Chamber Business Awards, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities. Aside from Export Business of the Year, DHL Express sponsored a brand new award, E-commerce Business of the Year, recognising the strength and creativity of Britain’s e-commerce businesses.

Congratulations to ATG Access who won Export Business of the Year and Barker Shoes Ltd who were named E-commerce Business of the year! Read more about the winners in our blog

These were just some of our favourite moments from this year, with too many to mention! We can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for us and we wish all our followers and customers the best for the new year.



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