Deutsche Post DHL (Germany)


Deutsche Post DHL is the world's biggest delivery and logistics provider with revenues of E56.6bn in 2014. Unlike any of its rivals it offers traditional postal services and international freight forwarding as well as courier delivery. Its twin brands comprise the national mail carrier for Europe's biggest economy, as well as the worldwide DHL logistics supplier. Within Germany alone it carries around 64m letters and 3.4m parcels per day, equivalent to around two-thirds of the local market, and also offers electronic communications (E-Post), home shopping (Allyouneed.com) and direct marketing services. Its DHL unit is the leading express logistics supplier in Europe, with 41% share (ahead of UPS on 25%), and in Asia (44% share to Fedex's 20%); but ranks third in the Americas behind its two US-based rivals. In fact, Founded in 1969 by three American businessmen, DHL actually predates its rivals as an international overnight courier. At the time UPS and Fedex focused exclusively on the domestic market. Deutsche Post began acquiring shares in 1998, taking control in 2001. A third division, Postbank retail bank, was sold to Deutsche Bank in several stages between 2008 and 2012. One of the less widely known subsidiaries of Deutsche Post DHL was print services group Williams Lea, together with its marketing services arm Tag Worldwide. That business was sold in 2017 to private equity firm Advent International. The group is indirectly controlled by the German state via the KfW banking group, which has a 21% stake. Frank Appel is CEO. Adbrands does not currently offer a business profile for this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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Recent stories from Adbrands Weekly Update:

Adbrands Weekly Update 29th Sep 2016: Deutsche Post, which also owns the international courier service DHL, strengthened its commitment to the UK delivery services market with the acquisition of struggling local company UK Mail for £243m. The UK is Europe's biggest e-commerce market, and the deal will also put Deutsche Post into direct competition with Royal Mail as one of only two companies with a national franchise to manage bulk delivery of letters, such as bank statements and utility bills.

Adbrands Weekly Update 9th Apr 2015: Delivery giant FedEx is to expand its presence in Europe with the acquisition of regional rival TNT Express for E4.4bn. The Dutch group is currently controlled by the Netherlands's main postal services supplier PostNL via a minority stake. An attempt by FedEx's US rival UPS to buy the business two years ago for E5.2bn was blocked by regulators on competition grounds, because UPS already had a significant presence in Europe. However, FedEx is much less established in the region and says it does not expect any such regulatory problems. TNT has around 12% share of regional deliveries, according to ING, more than double FedEx's 5%. The merger would catapult the combined business into second place ahead of UPS, which has 16%. Market leader DHL commands 19% share. 


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