DHL Express says it has strengthened its delivery service capabilities in Tasmania by signing an extended service partnership with local pick-up and delivery agent, Road Runners.
The new partnership is said to bolster DHL’s coverage in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, as well as regional areas and Flinders and King Islands in Bass Strait.
Road Runners is a Tasmanian company with more than 25 years of experience.
DHL Express Oceania chief executive and senior vice president, Gary Edstein, said the signing of this new Tasmanian agreement showed his company’s ongoing growth across the country.
“Road Runners has been our trusted partner in Tasmania for the past decade,” Mr Edstein said.
“This new agreement with Road Runners further solidifies DHL’s commitment in delivering to Tasmanian customers, and reflects our ongoing growth in volumes in the country’s southernmost state.”
DHL Express Australia is said to have experienced a “significant increase” in the number of shipments addressed to Tasmanians since deliveries began almost a decade ago.
DHL shipments to Tasmania have increased by 20% during the past five years.
“In recent years, DHL Express has witnessed a marked increase in deliveries as a result of the e-commerce boom. Consumers are growing increasingly confident when it comes to making purchases online and Tasmanian consumers are no exception to this trend, with the vast majority of Tasmania-bound shipments delivered to a residential address,” Mr Edstein said.
As part of the agreement, Road Runners is to operate four DHL branded vehicles on behalf of the company to help cater for the growing number of shipments destined for major Tasmanian cities.
DHL Express Australia’s Tasmanian expansion follows upgrades to DHL Express facilities in the country, including the AU$20m Melbourne Gateway Facility upgrade in 2015 and the AU$1.8m Canberra Service Centre in 2016.