DHL Express, the express unit of Deutsche Post DHL, is moving its Memphis operations to a larger facility to handle rising volumes of e-commerce and international shipping, the company said Monday.
The $2.5 million, 30,000-square-foot facility nearly triples the size of the company's previous 11,000-square-foot location. With capability to process more than 2,500 shipments per hour, the new facility will handle international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight, DHL Express said.
"Memphis is a top metro area for exports, and as a leading international shipping provider, we are keeping pace with the tremendous growth from the area's global businesses," John Fox, DHL area general manager for the Southeast U.S., said in a statement. "This new facility will not only support customer shipment growth, but will also allow for earlier delivery times and later drop-off times for international importers and exporters..
The Bonn-based company also expanded its U.S. airfreight hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in a $108 million upgrade in June 2015, citing similar reasons.
DHL withdrew from domestic U.S. service in January 2009, and serves the U.S. as part of its international network. Located adjacent to Memphis International Airport, the new service center will serve the tristate area of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee..