DHL Express, the American-founded German courier, parcel, and express mail service which is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL is on an expansion spree.
It is planning to add 400 new jobs in the US due to a double-digit increase in volumes compared with last year.
The express company said volumes had “significantly increased” in recent months due to a substantial increase in online shopping as people were staddled at home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The COVID 19 outbreak has to lead to unprecedented demand in masks, gloves and other PPE also contributed to “Holiday-season-like volumes”, which came without the usual preseason, said DHL.
The company is adding about 150 jobs to handle the 30% year-over-year volume increase at the DHL Express Americas Hub, which is the Cincinnati (Northern Kentucky) International Airport.
Furthermore, at its gateway at the Miami International Airport, about 30 jobs are being added to take care of a higher volume than last year, which is expected to increase another 22% with the addition of a new Hong Kong – Los Angeles – Miami flight in May.
This new flight will add approximately 45 more tons of capacity per flight and is scheduled to run in-bound five times per week. On the same lines, DHL Express’ gateway at O’Hare International will need more than 50 full-time employees to handle 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”.
The new jobs to be filled in the coming weeks include full- and part-time opportunities in direct management, clearance and gateway operations, pick-up and delivery service, and ramp and sorting operations throughout the US.
“Inbound shipment volume is booming, particularly from Asia,” quoted, the chief executive for DHL Express US, Greg Hewitt
“Our customers are relying on us to deliver their shipments, whether it’s personal protective equipment (PPE) or home necessities, so we must add staff at our hubs, gateways, and on the road to continue providing our customers with excellent service. Our challenge this year is that we’re seeing peak volumes in the summer, which is a nontraditional time. We normally have time to prep for peak season,” he further added.