Logistics specialists DHL Global Forwarding, part of the DHL Group, has completed its acquisition of shares in Danzas AEI Emirates. The acquisition will enhance operational capabilities – with 1,100 experts in the mix and ownership of over 20 facilities. These state-of-the-art facilities are situated across Dubai and northern Emirates. 

Danzas AEI Emirates will now operate under the DHL brand. The new business move will allow even more seamless collaboration and the leveraging of synergies and efficiencies, such as shared administrative services or integrated, seamless solutions for customers. 

Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East, and Africa says: “Our integration with Danzas AEI Emirates paves the way for strengthened logistics operations in the GCC and MEA (Gulf Cooperation Council and Middle East & Africa).” 

Diallo adds that the acquisition will allow the company to expand its reach and growth in the logistics industry in the GCC. 

Leading logistics company in the Middle East 

Danzas AEI Emirates was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Al Tayer Group and DHL Global Forwarding. This venture has played an important role in turning the region into a logistics hub. 

DHL has been busy lately, with investments in technology and equipment. 

In January, DHL Express UK announced a £16 million ($17.2 million) investment in electric ground handling equipment at East Midlands Airport. The investment will stretch over three years. 

This latest investment will see 100 new electric ground equipment introduced at the airport as the company looks to make cargo handling fully electric by 2032. 

DHL has also given the public a preview of what delivery vans may look like in the future. These vans will make deliveries at a rapid speed. 

In keeping with the trend of e-commerce, DHL has set up an e-commerce fulfillment warehouse in Germany. Situated in Euskirchen, the warehouse will pick up and store orders for businesses before shipping parcels in Germany and Europe. The warehouse has a storage capacity of 60,000 square feet. 

E-commerce sector boosts warehouse market

In 2023, the e-commerce sector saw several initiatives to boost the market. Warehouse fulfillment remains important in warehouse operations. Even social media company TikTok has seen the opportunity to offer followers fulfillment warehouses moving into logistics. 

Machine learning is another trend taking center stage in warehousing and logistics. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making warehousing more efficient. AI is seeing automation of decision-making processes. This includes assisting warehouses with replenishing inventory.

There is a challenge for 2024 – labor shortage. Labor challenges will see companies invest heavily in automation. This will also help companies keep up to speed with keeping customers satisfied. 

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Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.