DHL Express announced that it is adding approximately 400 new jobs in the United States due to a double-digit volume increase in shipments compared to last year.
At the company’s gateway at the Miami International Airport, connected to the company’s South America, Central America and Caribbean network, about 30 jobs are being added. Volume is expected to increase another 22% with the implementation of a new Hong Kong – Los Angeles – Miami flight. According to DHL, this new flight from Asia, scheduled to run in-bound five times per week, will add approximately 45 more tonnes of capacity per flight.
Similarly, DHL Express’ gateway at O’Hare International will require more than 50 permanent employees to respond to a 25% volume increase year-over-year in 2020. The company expects shipment volumes to remain high as businesses restock inventory to prepare for re-openings.
At the DHL Express Americas Hub (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport), the company is adding about 150 jobs to handle the 30% year-over-year volume increase.
The company added that volumes have significantly increased in recent months due to a spike in online shopping as people stayed quarantined due to COVID-19. Urgent shipments such as masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment also contributed to holiday-season-like volumes, but these volumes have come without the usual pre-season preparation time for the peak.
“Inbound shipment volume is booming, particularly from Asia. Our challenge is that we are seeing peak volumes in the summer, which is a non-traditional time. We normally have time to prepare for peak season,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO for DHL Express U.S.
Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group
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