DHL Supply Chain Celebrates Drivers During 2019 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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DHL Supply Chain to honor commercial drivers across 65 facilities in North America.

DHL Supply Chain is honoring its nearly 2,000 truck drivers with celebrations throughout the week, which is recognized as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by the American Trucking Association.

DHL Supply Chain, the Americas leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is honoring its nearly 2,000 truck drivers with celebrations throughout the week, which is recognized as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by the American Trucking Association.

From September 8 through 14, DHL Supply Chain management teams will host various appreciation events and recognize each driver at facilities across the country.

“This week gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for the men and women who help DHL Supply Chain provide unmatched customer service every day,” said Anthony Eber, Human Resources Director Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing at DHL Supply Chain. “Our drivers are critical to our ability to think beyond the next shipment for our customers. Because of them, we are able to continuously innovate to enhance the customer experience.”

In addition to the DHL-branded gifts each driver will receive, each site will also host its own celebration event or luncheon for its drivers. The week-long celebrations include prize raffles for drivers for everything from gift cards to big screen televisions.

“When our drivers are out on the road, we don’t get the chance to see them face-to-face or to tell them how much we appreciate them,” said Maria Rowland, General Manager, Atlanta Dedicated Fleets, DHL Supply Chain. “National Truck Driver Appreciation Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate them and to make sure they know how much we value their contributions to the business.”

The talent gap remains a critical issue in the transportation sector, with stiff competition for attracting and retaining drivers. In 2018, the industry was short nearly 70,000 drivers, up 20 percent from 2017 (American Trucking Association, Truck Driver Shortage Analysis 2019), making the search for quality drivers paramount. Additional incentives can often make all the difference to drivers, who spend days at a time on the road away from their families. However, DHL Supply Chain’s transportation and talent acquisition teams recognize that gifts are only a small component of maintaining a strong and talented team of drivers.

“National Truck Driver Appreciation Week presents an extra opportunity to show our gratitude, but our focus is on supporting our drivers in the ways that matter most, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Eber. “Our robust technology allows us to give our drivers more home-time, along with competitive wage and benefits packages and safe, top-of-the-line equipment.”

On average, DHL Supply Chain’s drivers have about 50 percent more home-time compared to traditional over-the-road commercial motor vehicle operators. They also have opportunities for professional development through programs like Drive For Gold, a DHL Supply Chain incentive program where drivers can earn points for safe driving habits related to compliance, safety and accountability, and exchange those points for quality prizes. This commitment to drivers’ development has allowed many drivers to stay on the road for years. In fact, in North America alone, 51 drivers have more than 20 years of service with DHL Supply Chain.

To learn more about transportation at DHL Supply Chain, visit logistics.dhl.com.

Media Contact:
Nicole Porter
DHL Supply Chain
(614) 865-8437
nicole.porter(at)dhl(dot)com

50 Years DHL

In 2019 DHL is celebrating 50 years since the company’s founding by three entrepreneurs in San Francisco in 1969. DHL began as a disruptor to the traditional delivery industry, circumventing bureaucracy with an innovative new service to deliver documents by air overnight. Since then, DHL has grown into a globe-spanning family of DHL companies with about 380,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories that covers the entire spectrum of logistics and supply chain services. DHL’s customer-centricity and can-do culture have fueled five decades of innovation – from the DHL 1000, one of the first word processing computers in the world, to using the purpose built StreetScooter, an environmentally friendly delivery vehicle powered by an electric drive and developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group. With the Mission 2050 commitment to reach zero group-wide emissions by 2050, DHL is continuing to be a trailblazer in the logistics industry.

DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018.

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