November 2020 :
DHL Express expects historical peak season in global trade :
Effects of Covid-19 on online shopping will result in higher volumes and an earlier peak season start.
Globalization and Digitalization are driving
online shopping and shipping around the world to new heights whilst Covid-19 accelerates E-commerce boom
Increasing volumes in DHL Express global network during peak season by more than 50% expected, compared to peak season 2019.
DHL Express is
prepared: More than 10.000 additional hires, new aircraft, and significantly increased operations capacities by annual investments of approx. one billion EUR
The continuing growing levels of globalization and digitalization result in strongly increasing
number of merchants selling globally and online marketplaces, such as shopping apps via which customers can choose from offerings all around the world.
As a consequence, cross border trade has continuously grown over the last years. Further, due to
this year's predominating uncertainties coming with the pandemic, consumers are shifting their shopping activities to the online world like never before. This will particularly apply to the upcoming popular mega shopping days such as 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber
Monday' as well as to the whole Christmas shopping season.
As a result, DHL Express is expecting an all-time high in E-commerce trade around the globe. Having already experienced around 35% E-commerce volume growth in 2020 in its network, the upcoming
peak season will further accelerate this and result in higher shipment quantities above 50 percent compared to last year's peak season.
"Megatrends such as globalization and digitalization have an enormous impact on global trade" explains
John Pearson, CEO at DHL Express. "In recent decades, we have seen how globalization, increased trade and interaction have raised prosperity and choice, reduced poverty, cultivated diversity and enriched lives. At DHL Express it is our mission to enable global
trade and support our customers during the most important days for their business.
We make sure that goods are delivered as fast as possible - and Christmas gifts are being delivered to households all over the globe in time. We are proud of the strong
commitment of our employees and couriers who are out there to fulfil our mission of connecting people and improving their lives. In times when the coronavirus hits both economy and private lives, their efforts are outstanding."
For its over 100.000
employees around the world in more than 220 countries and territories DHL Express has taken numerous precaution measures, not only at the level of providing face masks and disinfections, but also implementing elements like social distancing control mechanism
and working from home for those departments where it is suitable. The company has also developed safe delivery procedures for receivers, without the need for customers to sign for their shipments. All of this secures the continuity of business for DHL's customers
and for global trade.
It comes as no surprise that e-commerce numbers are rising, as this trend has already been visible during the past years. However, due to COVID-19 the volume of shipments grew tremendously higher than has been expected. As DHL
Express is operating around the world, the company is always able to pursue these developments in other regions and countries of the globe. Numbers from the most important shopping occasions from earlier this year have already shown an increase in online sales
by at least 35 percent.
"Covid-19 and its impacts such as curfews or distancing led to massive changes in the retail sector all over the world", says Michiel Greeven, EVP Global Sales at DHL Express. "As a consequence, the buying behaviour of consumers,
but also B2B Buyers, changed significantly and shifted more and more into the online world. From an e-commerce perspective some might even say that Covid-19 brought 2030 to 2020, with online shopping and the necessary shipping as the new normal. And this not
only counts for B2C retailers but also in the light of B2B E-commerce.
Particularly in current days of uncertainty many giant stores will be going online with their sales promotion. This will have its effect on peak season as well and shoppers will
be mainly going online to get the best deals instead of going to physical stores. With the result of fast shipping needs as well."
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