DHL stands for Dalsey Hillblom Lynn. It is a German logistic company providing international shipping and courier services. Its name is derived from the initials of the last name of its founders; Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn. It is headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
The company employs around 300,000 employees all over the world and its services are available in more than 220 countries around the world. It uses numerous cargo transport systems such as planes, boats and trains to serve its clients across the world. Deutsche Post World Net is the parent company of DHL.
DHL: Dalsey Hillblom Lynn
- DFL was established by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn in 1969. It started working as a door-to-door express delivery service and transporting documents between San Francisco, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.
- In 1970, it had around 40 clients and it extended its services to include Ohio, Portland, Guam and Los Angeles.
- In 1973, it commenced its services in New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Fiji.
- In 1979, it was operating over 360 service centers and serving more than 85,000 customers.
- In 1984, the first automated customer service system was established in Washington DC, USA.
- By 1988, it was operating in 170 countries with employee strength of around 16,000. DHL Budapest was also established in 1988, after the joint venture of DHL with Hungary-based transport company, Hungarocamion.
- In 1990, DHL signed a Global Transport Alliance with Japan Airlines, Nissho Iwai and Lufthansa Cargo.
- In 1996, it opened a high-tech Express Logistic Centre in Singapore and introduced internet based system to track shipments.
- In 1998, Deutsche Post AG acquired shares in DHL to align its European ground-based services with DHL.
- In 1999, DHL launched the DHL WAP Track, a tracking service for WAP-enabled mobile phones and devices.
- In 2001, it announced the formation of a new UK airline.
- In 2000, DHL launched the global SMS tracking service to enable its customers to track the shipments via text messages.
- In 2002, Deutsche Post World Net acquired the majority (51%) of DHL shares and owned the DHL.
- In 2003, Deutsche Post World Net consolidated the entire express and logistic services of DHL into one single brand, DHL.