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"Deutsche Post suffered a setback in plans to turn round its unprofitable DHL Express business in the U.S. last week after UPS Chief Executive Scott Davis said the size and scope of a deal to transfer DHL's air services to its U.S. rival may be changed. The deal is key to Deutsche Postís $2-billion restructuring of its U.S. express business which is forecasting a loss of $1.3 billion this year."
I am pretty sure I read an article recently discussing DHL's move to outsource its air shipments to UPS (lemme see if I can find it. Yep. Just type "DHL outsource air service" into G and you'll get tons of links to reports on it). It appears UPS had excess space on their planes, which they already own a sizable fleet of, and DHL trying to cut spending, so they structured a deal whereby UPS would be responsible for all DHL airfreight in North America.
No sign of news articles on DHL ceasing ground shipments in North America, though.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Deutsche Post AG will close all of its DHL Express service centers, cut 9,500 jobs in the United States and eliminate U.S.-only domestic shipping by land and air, the company said Monday, citing heavy losses and fierce competition.
This will be a huge news for UPS. They will now be able to raise their rates for all of us.
DHL bought up a couple smaller courier companies here in Canada, Loomis for one. In the States I think they bought Airborne Express ... but I may be mistaken. So now there are really only main players in the US market, UPS, FedEx and USPS.
So get ready for your UPS rates to rise. Those of you who are DHL customers ... I warned you.
[edited by: Rugles at 2:31 pm (utc) on Nov. 10, 2008]
DHL is but 4% of US market. Maybe not such a huge deal for UPS and the others.
It was only 4% but they were driving the price down because they were attempting to capture market share.
Expect prices to rise.
Anybody here going to be scrambling for a new courier?
[edited by: Rugles at 5:01 pm (utc) on Nov. 10, 2008]