DHL MOVES TO INCREASE SERVICE FROM ASIA TO U.S.
Byline: Kristin Larson
NEW YORK — DHL Worldwide Express has bolstered its tailored service to the fashion industry with improved transit times to Asia’s top cities.
Starting last week, DHL initiated new cargo routes intended to cater to the exceedingly tight production cycles and complex global supply chains of the apparel business. “Getting material, whether it’s a small package or large freight, out of Asia is always a challenge,” said Laura Rainsberger, global account manager for fashion and textiles at the San Francisco-based DHL. “For our clients, particularly in the garment district, the expanded service has improved transit times both in and out of Asia.”
Rainsberger said the expedited service, which is part of an alliance with Northwest Airlines Cargo, will shave off about one day’s commuting time — from pickup to delivery. The Northwest freighters will depart from Asia Monday through Friday, arriving the same day at the Cincinnati airport at 11:35 p.m. The aircraft will depart to Asia Tuesday through Saturday at 5 a.m., for next-day arrival.
The service is targeted at providing faster package delivery to Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.
Gary Ross, vice president of worldwide operations at Liz Claiborne, said DHL provides a critical link in the company’s supply chain.
“We manufacture thousands upon thousands of samples a year, and each one of them are time sensitive,” Ross said. “If we use a service provider that did not have the ability to track and trace, produce accurate documentation and have a relationship with U.S. Customs, we would not be able to swiftly clear our products through Customs and deliver to our showrooms.”