Tracey recently joined Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK & Ireland, in opening the new DHL Express service centre in Aylesford. The centre was built to manage a 40 percent increase in exporting volumes in the area. Demonstrative of DHL’s wider investment and growth in the UK, the site’s capacity has been increased to six times its original size from 4,000 sq ft to 24,000 sq ft in order to manage the region’s growing demand.
Phil Couchman attended to get an insight into the business not only as a major employer in the Southeast area but also to see how the world’s leading international express delivery company is facilitating the British import and export market.
Tracey said: “I was delighted to attend the opening of the new DHL Maidstone service centre. DHL offer an outstanding global connection, and the new centre will help support international trade, whilst benefiting local jobs and the economy. This is great news for local residents and customers, as they can benefit from the expanded service through means such as the drop off and collection of overseas deliveries.”
Phil Couchman commented: “This strategic investment in the Maidstone area is reflective of the strength of our growing logistics network in the UK. We plan on continuing our investment where we see opportunities for future growth, and maintain and build on the high standards we deliver for our customers.”
The new service centre offers international (express parcel) services to and from the UK, including a drop off and collection facility at the site. It has the most efficient operational processes and equipment introduced, and investment in the latest heating and lighting standards, which further improve DHL’s environmental impact. The site is also equipped with the latest technology and up to date mechanical handling equipment, which allow it to deal effectively with the volume growth now and in the future.