DHL Will Revamp Routes, Upgrade Fleet

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DHL has started a route optimization effort to help its facilities map out delivery routes, streamline sorting processes and balance daily loads more efficiently.


Using customized software, the initiative will let DHL facility managers develop routes so that the composition of the courier's delivery areas are more consistent. The software also will give DHL managers information to evaluate each facility's daily schedule and reduce planning time.


The program will be implemented at 340 DHL sites nationally in the next nine months. The installation of the new technology, which began in January, will be complete by September.


DHL, Plantation, FL, also is undergoing fleet renewal, a phased replacement of older, smaller delivery vehicles with new, larger-capacity and more fuel-efficient step vans. The new step vans offer twice the capacity, allowing easier loading, greater flexibility for pickups and more room for couriers to maneuver and access shipments.


Melissa Campanelli covers postal news, CRM and database marketing for DM News and DMNews.com. To keep up with the latest developments in these areas, subscribe to our daily and weekly e-mail newsletters by visiting www.dmnews.com/newsletters


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