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Old 3rd Jan 2019, 16:41
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Council Van
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Qwerty
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DHL might not have made a lot of money on that individual parcel but I seem to recall from Copenhagen to Leipzig we would some times have explosive items on the Cargo Manifest. I believe these were for use in the air bags in motor industry. Normally trucked across Europe to arrive at the factory's 'just in time'. The car manufacturers can not afford to have a line not producing cars for a shift, near Leipzig they have a Porsche factory with each line quite easily producing 500 vehicles per shift. If the line does not run then they have lost millions in turn over.

The solution is to pay DHL a lot of money to fly the components they need in if a lorry is delayed. If DHL fail to deliver then they will face big penalty charges. They also carry lots of other just in time or urgent items, medical supplies, some nasty sounding chemicals etc etc which will cost a lot to have air freighted.

The other way DHL make money is on volume, as mentioned above you can fit a lot of small parcels in a B757 or Airbus. When I left DHL in 2014 Leipzig had around 60 aircraft arriving each evening. A good mix of high volume and high value items sees all the big overnight freight companies make big profits.

DHL Hub in Leipzig - YouTube

Since this video was made they have doubled the size of the sorting hub and substantially increased the size of the Apron.

You wonder how DHL make any money. I once brought about 4 pallets of Mellon's from Casablanca to Paris. As they were being off loaded I was wondering how much the poor Moroccan farmer would have been paid per Mellon if they were going to be sold for perhaps €2 in a French supermarket after every one else in the supply chain had made a profit? Probably a few Moroccan centimes per mellon for months of work which could easily have been destroyed by something such as an untimely thunderstorm with large hail damaging the fruit and making it unsaleable.

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