Top 25 Global Logistics Providers: DHL Logistics

Our weekly delve into the top logistics providers. This week: DHL Logistics




In a world where manufacturers are outputting more goods than ever, it is essential that the third party logistics firms that they outsource to are reliable and dependable sources of supply. Based on the SJ Consulting Group Inc. list of the top leaders in the logistics sector, Pharma Logistics IQ takes a look at the top 25. Click here to see the whole list

Key Information

Country: Germany

Revenue: $30.7 billion

Growth: 5.5%

DHL Logistics Background

DHL is the world’s leading postal and logistics Group, Deutsche Post DHL and encompasses three divisions: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight and DHL Supply Chain. The company was founded by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn in 1969, starting out by shipping papers by air from San Francisco to Honolulu. They innovated by starting the customs clearance process of the cargo before the actual arrival of the ship, leading to dramatic reductions in waiting times. 

Express air delivery was born. From there, the company grew from strength to strength and expanded over the coming decades to the Far East, Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Today, DHL is the biggest third-party logistics firm in the world and is in is in a unique position because it has its own airline. DHL operates in 220 countries and has more than 275,000 employees around the globe. The company is based in Germany, but it was founded in San Francisco more than 40 years ago, the firm reported revenue of $30.7 billion in 2017 and carried almost two and a half million tons of airfreight.

DHL Logistics solutions 

 The company offers a wide array of solutions and services, including :

  • Freight Transportation
  • Warehousing and Distribution
  • Customs, Security & Insurance
  • Supply Chain Solutions
  • Lead Logistics Partner (LLP)
  • Temperature Controlled Logistics
  • Green Logistics Solutions
  • Industry Sector Solutions