DHL celebrates 200th anniversary of freight

Logistics giant looks back over the last 200 years since beginning with horse and cart

DHL celebrates 200th anniversary of freight
Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel.


German freighter DHL Global Forwarding, Freight is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a look back to 1815 when the logistics was started by Louis Danzas.

Now one of four divisions in the Deutsche Post DHL Group, serving air ocean, rail, and road, the company began with a horse and cart delivering goods between Basel and Mulhouse, on the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany.

"The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that kept the company at the top of the industry over the last two centuries is part of our DNA," Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel says.

"We constantly work on ways to redefine logistics and create new approaches to improve supply chains, in order to drive global trade, connect people and foster prosperity across the world."

Far from the horse and cart, Appel says DHL now serves the movements of global events across the globe.

"This wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of our staff," Appel says.

"My thanks goes to our colleagues who give their utmost every day to strengthen our position as a market leader and move the entire company forward."

As part of the celebrations, DHL Freight CEO Amadou Diallo commissioned a book titled, ‘200 years of logistics – Danzas and DHL shape an industry’, for the Deutsche Post DHL Group.

DHL has 20 locations across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea, after first arriving in Sydney in 1972.


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