DHL plots major Zimbabwe expansion

DHL plots major Zimbabwe expansion

BULAWAYO, May 5 (The Source) –Logistics group DHL International Zimbabwe says it plans to increase its footprint around the country by opening more than 1000 retail points this year, managing director Jeff Phiri has said.

“As DHL International Zimbabwe, our aim is to empower local people. So we want to open more retail shops around the country. We have identified 50 sites in Bulawayo and we want to increase the number to over 100 by the end of year,” Phiri said.

“We want to paint Zimbabwe yellow, so countrywide we are aiming to opening over 1000 outlets by year-end. We are taking DHL to the people,” he added.

Phiri said the group was open for partnerships with individuals or companies on a franchise basis.

Currently, the company has 55 outlets in the country and operates in more than 220 countries worldwide.

In March, Phiri revealed that Zimbabwe’s buoyant tobacco industry was largely responsible for the high volumes the logistics firm was handling, after the country produced 216 million kilogrammes last year.

The sector is projected to produce up to 195 million kg this year.

Apart from tobacco, Phiri revealed that shipment of bills of lading to Tanzania had also spurred growth.

Zimbabweans, have over the years turned to importing second hand vehicles from Japan, most of which come through Dar es Salaam.

He said they recorded significant increases in the traffic of documents destined for Tanzania because of the vehicle imports.