DHL (Plantation, Fla.), the global express delivery and logistics company, announced the opening of a new service center facility to meet the growing needs of customers in Columbus, Ohio, and surrounding communities. DHL has invested $2.1 million in the state-of-the-art service center facility which serves local package pickup and delivery operations in the area.
The new, 54,000-square-foot service center combines a facility 45 miles east of Columbus and a facility near Port Columbus International Airport into one larger operation. Shipments that flow in and out of the new service center are routed directly through DHL’s principal air and ground hub in Wilmington, Ohio--one hour by road from Columbus.
The new facility was built to allow individual letters and packages to flow directly onto and off of vehicles from a conveyor system. This new “loose-load” operation will enable greater operational efficiencies, leading to quicker loading and unloading of freight, increased capacity on line-haul vehicles, earlier deliveries and expanded pickup cutoff times for customers in the area.
“Columbus is a home base to some of the world’s largest and most successful companies in nearly every industry, and DHL is prepared to meet the increasing need for express delivery services for all customers shipping to and from the region,” said John Cameron, executive vice president of operations, for DHL.
The new service center will serve package pickup and delivery operations for Columbus and surrounding towns. The facility will handle a wide variety of shipments, including domestic and international parcels as well as palletized, loose-load and container freight.