DHL has opened a new service center near Columbus OH, more than twice the size of its previous operations in the area. Covering 54,000 square feet, the facility combines a 5,500-square-foot center 45 miles east of Columbus, with another of 20,000 square feet near Port Columbus International Airport. Shipments flowing through the new service center are routed directly through DHL's principal air and ground hub in Wilmington, Ohio, one hour from Columbus by road. The facility will serve local package pickup and delivery needs in the greater Columbus area. It was built to allow individual letters and packages to flow directly onto and off of vehicles from a conveyor belt system. According to DHL, the "loose-load" operation allows for greater operational efficiencies, including quicker loading and unloading of freight, increased capacity on linehaul vehicles, earlier deliveries and expanded pickup cutoff times for customers in the area. At the center, DHL can handle a wide variety of shipments, including domestic and international parcels as well as palletized, loose-load and container freight.
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