In another world it might be the legendary firm of Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn that celebrates its 40th anniversary tomorrow – the 25th September 2009.
As it was, back in 1969 Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn chose to call their new courier company DHL. The story is that Larry Hillblom put up some of his student loan to start the business and the three of them drove around San Francisco in a Plymouth Duster picking up documents in suitcases before rushing to the airport to book flights using a corporate credit card.
Marking the anniversary, Frank Appel, chief executive of Deutsche Post DHL, said: “DHL pioneered the international express industry, making it possible for documents to reach recipients overnight instead of a few days.”
The express company grew to encompass global forwarding and supply chain management, through the strategic integration of forwarder Danzas in 2002 and logistics company Exel in 2005.
It now has a global network of more than 220 countries and claims market leadership in air and ocean freight, international express, contract logistics.
Appel said: “By proactively and continuously encouraging innovative practical thinking, we are confident that we will overcome the current economic situation and are well-positioned to sustain our global market leadership – for now and for many more decades to come.”