Member Spotlight: DHL – Major Network Expansions Coming in 2016

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As 2016 begins, the DHL Express network will experience a major expansion at its hub located at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). This expansion will be completed in late 2016. The expansion includes adding more gates to accommodate additional aircraft, more warehouse space and new equipment to provide extra capacity for sorting shipments and loading planes. DHL service center at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago will also be expanded into a gateway, opening in October, improving connectivity to Europe and Asia.

In the Asia Pacific region, Singapore will open a DHL hub in the first quarter of 2016 with a fully automated package sorting system. In Japan, a fourth Tokyo gateway facility will open in the first quarter of 2016. The facility will offer Customs clearance and bonded warehousing services. In addition, it will house a service center that provides pickup and delivery services for customers.

In Europe, the DHL Leipzig Hub in Germany will see the implementation of a larger, more efficient sorting system in October. Sweden’s Gothenburg Gateway is being expanded and modernized in the first half of 2016. The facility will feature a new sorting system, which will increase processing capacity. In late 2016, the DHL Stockholm Gateway will receive a new sorting system and processing equipment, enabling speedier transit times.

The Middle East will gain a new air and road gateway, plus a service center at the Jeddah Gateway in Saudi Arabia in 2016.In Sub-Saharan Africa this year, the Kigali Gateway in Rwanda will open a new facility. In addition, gateways in Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola will be refurbished and expanded.

What might happen in China in 2016?

Millions of people being relocated from cities, fewer jobs, greater centralization, and more movie blockbusters are just some predictions for the year.

(Cited from McKinsey & Co. Article published by Gordon Orr, Jan. 2016.)

In debates about whether growth is a percentage point up or down, we too often lose sight of the absolute scale of China’s economy. No matter what rate the country grows at in 2016, its share of the global economy, and of many specific sectors, will be larger than ever. My snapshot of China in 2016? An increasingly diverse, volatile, $11 trillion economy whose performance is becoming more and more difficult to describe as one dimensional.

The reality is that China’s economy is today made up of multiple subeconomies, each more than a trillion dollars in size. Some are booming, some declining. Some are globally competitive, others fit for the scrap heap. How you feel about China depends more than ever on the parts of the economy where you compete. In 2015, selling kit to movie theaters has been great business, selling kit to steel mills less so. In your China, are you dealing with a tiger or a tortoise? Your performance in 2016 will depend on knowing the answer to this question and shaping your plans accordingly.

Many well-established secular trends in China will continue in 2016. The service economy’s expansion is perhaps most prominent among them. In this piece, as usual, I won’t spend much time on the most familiar things. Instead, I will highlight what I believe will become the more important and more visible trends in 2016, either because they are now accelerating to scale or a discontinuity may become a tipping point. (For a quick summary, see sidebar, “The China Orr-acle: Gordon’s predictions for 2016.”) I hope you find my ideas valuable.

  • The 13th five-year plan—few surprises
  • Fewer jobs, flatter incomes—and, potentially, less confidence
  • The maturing of investing: More options for Chinese investors and foreign investment managers
  • Manufacturing in China is changing, not disappearing
  • Agricultural imports are rising and rising
  • More centralization
  • Moving people at scale—the middle class, not peasants
  • Movies in China: $$$
  • China continues to go global, with the United Kingdom as a new focal point
  • Big business would embrace soccer in China

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What to Expect for the 2014 Lunar New Year Gala

The phones have been ringing off the hook today. The excitement for our grand event is really building. We have more than 200 people scheduled to attend our grand extravaganza.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The casino has plenty of free parking. You can find more information on parking at their web site. They also have valet parking if you’re feeling swanky. It costs a little extra though.
  • In fact, you probably will be feeling swanky because the dress code for the event is business and cocktail attire. Gentlemen, feel free to add some flair with a pocket square. Ladies, you already know what to do.
  • The gala is on the second floor, the ballroom floor. Once you make it to the floor, you can’t miss us. Make sure to visit the registration desk.
  • If you can’t make the event at 5:30 pm, you’ll want to at least get there before 6:15 pm. That’s when the grand opening to the ceremony will begin, followed by dinner, and you definitely don’t want to miss dinner.
  • We have two cash bars staffed by four bartenders.
  • Although we have a mobile point-of-sale for credit cards, I suggest bringing cash for the auction. We have a lot of quality items going for cheap.
  • Business networking is a major part of the event: We have manufacturers, small business, large corporations, government, lawyers, doctors and attorneys attending; just to name a few.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 513-852-4100. You can also email Evan Brooks, executive director, at ed@china-midwest.com or Angie Li, events marketing specialist, at ali@china-midwest.com. We’ll see you there!