Thursday, 16 April 2020

DHL struggles to cope as online parcel volumes surge




Delivery business DHL is struggling to cope with a flood of parcels from online purchases due to the coronavirus crisis, forcing it to cut back extra collections from retailers in Germany, parent company Deutsche Post said on Thursday.

A Deutsche Post spokesman said that the extra pick-up trips to retailers had been reduced nationwide, adding that DHL was handling more than 8 million parcels a day, similar to the pre-Christmas trade and compared to an annual average of around 5.2 million.

"We are continuously working to synchronize our capacity with demand," the spokesman said.

The German association of online retailers (BVOH) had earlier highlighted the problem, saying if retailers had known about the bottleneck, they would have sought to rein in sales.

"Now the packed parcels are at the retailer and will not be delivered," said BVOH president Oliver Prothmann.

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