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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4784/dhl-to-the-rescue/

DHL to the Rescue

March 10, 2006 by

The Mises Store is please to announce that our services now include DHL for international orders. After weeks of negotiation, we can offer rates that are often vastly better than other options, and substantially below that of commercial DHL rates. Please let us know how you like it.


Artisan March 11, 2006 at 9:39 am

They are cheaper? That’s funny. W..wait, isn’t DHL “Deutsche Post”, a State company with postal monopol in Germany…

John Delano March 11, 2006 at 10:18 am

I just did some reading on Wikipedia about DHL after I saw your comment, Artisan.

They may still have a monopoly in Germany, but according to Wikipedia,

” It used to be state-owned until its privatisation in 2000.

In 2002 it was granted a licence to deliver mail in the United Kingdom, breaking Royal Mail’s long-standing monopoly.”

jeffrey March 11, 2006 at 12:33 pm

Doing some testing on this–after endless hours of negotiations and technical stuff–they do seem to be half the price of UPS, so this is a great thing. It is still often more expensive than USPS international air, but that government service is notoriously unreliable, and they are completely unaccountable for mistakes etc. So DHL is far preferred. In any case, people will see a remarkable flurry of options now as they enter the shipping screen.

John Delano March 11, 2006 at 1:47 pm

I’ve never used them, but from their ads on TV, DHL seems to be trying to compete with FedEx and UPS pretty agressively. At least that’s the image they give.

One very curious ad shows a DHL delivery guy who shows up early with the package. He can’e get it under the door, so he pulls out a screw driver and starts to go at the door. The ad then cuts to the package being in the office with the door shut. On the way out he passes some of his competitors who are coming in.

Artisan March 11, 2006 at 4:37 pm

The “german post” make 53% of their business under protection of a monopoly until 2007. Its subsidiary DHL is of course 100% free market, yet they are also still losing money on the American market (… because they make such cheap deals for MISES ;-)
(source http://www.ftd.de/unternehmen/handel_dienstleister/47863.html)

Artisan March 11, 2006 at 5:01 pm

Also, it seems 47% is still owned by the German State or at least, a public institution called KFW, which also owns a good deal of the old “German Telecom” for instance… (www.kfw.de). Practically, it’s still not quite free enterprise I’d say.

Vedran Vuk March 11, 2006 at 8:10 pm

I’ve had great experiences with them and rate them as close to best! It’s great that Mises.org is using DHL

Max March 12, 2006 at 5:18 am

Does the site give delivery times (for Europe for example)when choosing DHL (let s say International delivery for Continental EUROPE) ?

jeffrey March 12, 2006 at 6:02 am

The xml integration isn’t yet sophisticated enough to provide delivery times through the Mises interface but it is available on their site. Perhaps we can work on a script. At this point, we’re just pleased that we can offer an alternative to USPS and UPS.

Pedersoli March 12, 2006 at 12:03 pm

Hell yeah!

Mathieu Bedard March 13, 2006 at 4:26 am

I have used them before (mom sent me some Kraft Dinner oversea to show my french peers the wonders of powdery orange chemical cheese) and they’re very professional and flexible.

Ike Hall March 13, 2006 at 7:51 pm

LOL! Mathieu, I can only imagine their response! While I practically subsisted on Kraft Dinners in college, I somehow can’t imagine anyone in France doing the same. I’m stereotyping, I suppose.

gary butler December 29, 2007 at 9:08 am

DHL loses another 200(+) million in the US…soon they will face actual competition in Deutschland like a real business…hopefuly it will not be long before they give up the fight in America. We have enough foreign manufacturers under-cutting American firms and taking our jobs, now we don’t need foreign service companies doing the same. So take your stock from the Frankford Stock Exchange and hit the road Deutsche Post. Way to go UPS and FedEx!!!

Max January 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

If you have enough foreign manufacturers under-cutting American firms and taking your jobs, then you probably also don’t want better service. And, by the way, probably also want to stop flooding the whole world with your american movies, fast food, soft drinks, music, books, computers and software.

I am not anti american just want to stress that competition is a two-way game and you seem to forget that there are American companies in the European markets at well.

We are all getting better service with this. And unemployment. But heck, these people have to change their jobs anyways one day.

ShipExec February 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Globalization is like Communism. Knowing that Globalization is equal to acheiving Nirvana; you’ve finally realized truth – that it sounds like a great idea, but when implemented is disastrous. You WILL see TWO shipping companies in the future….world-wide. This will be in the very near future as well. I know this for a fact.

Xavier May 18, 2008 at 5:38 am

“Future Parcel Innovation Award”: Create the parcel of tomorrow

Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Germany and the world’s market leader in international express, DHL, are currently looking for ideas for the ‘parcel of tomorrow’. People from all over the world will work together to solve problems and find solutions. The ideas are collected online and can be viewed, commented and rated by everyone – it is an open platform.

Stop dreaming about a better future… create it. How often will you get the opportunity to create the future as you want it? Let your mind wander and send us your ideas and/or additional thoughts to other people’s ideas in many different categories (e.g. Products, Services, or Packaging). The best ideas of each category will be awarded with the “Future Parcel Innovation Award”.

Take your opportunity now by thinking, dreaming and creating the ‘packet of tomorrow’ and then send it in to us. If you are not yet inspired, take the chance to go to the ‘Future Parcel’ website and use one of our creative techniques or even review the ideas already submitted and suggest improvements.

Website: http://www.future-parcel.com
Community: http://www.future-parcel.com/community
Or submit your ideas directly to: ideas@future-parcel.com

We are looking forward to your innovative, groundbreaking or just amusing idea.

The future is yours if you want it!

Kind regards

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