DHL expands operations in southern California

DHL has expanded its footprint in Southern California with a new, 66,730 sq ft service centre in Santa Ana, which adds more than 27,000 sq ft to the company’s previous facility in Irvine, and reflects the increase in shipment volumes that DHL is handling.

The Santa Ana service centre serves an area of Southern California that reaches from San Clemente to Brea. The new location is five miles closer and approximately 20 minutes faster to and from Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) – resulting in earlier delivery times and later cut-off times for international shipping customers.

“The need for a larger facility in Southern California points to the robustness of the economy here and the faith that customers have in DHL to manage their international shipments,” said John Cornish, General Manager for DHL Express U.S. “We wanted to be responsive to the region’s growth.”

The new service centre facility can process 1,400 pieces per hour and handles a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight. The $6.2m investment marks the second west coast expansion that DHL has made in the last several months; the company announced a new facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in September.

Employees based at the new DHL Santa Ana service centre include management, dock workers, agents and sales personnel. The new facility, located at 3232 South Fairview Street, also accommodates more than 45 pickup and delivery routes.

Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group