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Christmas sends deliveries skyrocketing for DHL

Christmas sends deliveries skyrocketing for DHL

22.6 parcels delivered every minute in lead up to Christmas, up from seven per minute in 2012

Auckland, 26 November 2014 – The festive season is here, confirmed with the arrival of warmer weather, the waft of evening barbeques of course the anticipation of Christmas presents for children young and old.

Helping distribute the Christmas cheer is DHL Express, which anticipates it will deliver a tremendous 22.6 parcels per minute over the Christmas period to all over the country, a huge increase from seven parcels per minute in 2012, and 17.8 last year. That’s one delivery every 2.6 seconds.

Tim Baxter, country manager DHL Express New Zealand says, “This is always a busy and exciting time for us and we are thrilled to play our small part in people’s Christmas celebrations.”

DHL’s Christmas delivery period is from the second week in October until mid December, and this year it has been particularly busy. DHL’s in-bound deliveries into New Zealand are up a quarter (24.9%) on 2013.

As a result, DHL has recently expanded its fleet with an additional 10 couriers on staff over the Christmas period.

“It’s exciting for us to see such robust growth and be in a position to expand our dedicated delivery team and courier base,” says Tim Baxter.

The top five destinations these Kiwi Christmas presents are coming from Australia, the US, China, the U.K and Hong Kong.

With only a few weeks until Christmas DHL urges New Zealanders to take advantage of the following tips.

Tips for customers wanting to make sure their parcel arrives before Christmas include:

1. Don’t leave it to the last minute!
2. Be very specific on the description of the items to avoid delays at Customs
3. If purchasing online check the delivery times and capability before you place your order – different retailers will have different fulfilment times for delivery and/or may not deliver to New Zealand
4. Check the return policy and if return shipping charges are extra.

DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and transportation industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their shipping and supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

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