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How to Save Money with DHL in 2024

Posted by Ian McRae on Feb 22, 2024 10:24:38 AM

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Inflation Worries

Inflation has been on everybody’s mind lately. It seems like everywhere you look, prices are going up. One item in your supply chain receives a price change, and then the increases just keep snowballing until it falls in your hands (both as a consumer and provider of goods). In times like this, it’s crucial to the survival of your business to cut costs where you can. But that poses a problem, since usually cutting costs translates into creating an offering to your clients that leaves something to be desired. With that frustration, it seems that the cycle continues on end.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to know how to make smart decisions when it comes to combating the inflation crisis and how it’s impacting you and your business. There are ways to make wise cutbacks that don’t result in delivering a lackluster offering to your clients. One way you can do this is by looking at your logistics expenses: specifically when it comes to international shipping.


What is DHL

When it comes to international shipping, there is no better name in the business than DHL. DHL started in 1969, and was founded by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn. In case you ever wondered what that acronym referred to (Dalsey, Hillblom, and Lynn) now you know. If you end up in a heated trivia contest and the topic of shipping companies comes up, there will be no stopping you.

Say you live in the United States. You’ve likely only shipped domestically. You may have seen a DHL truck or a plane somewhere, but they’ve likely never come across your radar. Here, we mostly use FedEx or UPS if you’re looking to ship with a private carrier.

Did you know that shipping with DHL overseas is so common that many use the name as a verb? “I ‘DHL’d’ a package to you, it should be there tomorrow.” is a phrase you’d hear often abroad. The DHL name carries a lot of weight internationally. Individuals and companies alike have been using DHL to send parcels back and forth for years now. That's because they trust DHL to make sure their shipments get from Point A to Point B.


Compared to the Competition

Though DHL does offer many more options (ocean, rail, warehousing, etc)., let’s compare an individual service all three of the major carriers (DHL, FedEx, UPS) offer: International Air Express Shipping.

There’s no question about it; UPS and FedEx are fantastic domestic carriers. If you want to ship from one end of the United States to another, FedEx and UPS are excellent and affordable options. There’s a big reason these two companies are as big as they are in the United States. They do what they do well. However, domestic shipping is the core service for both companies. Because they have such a big focus on domestic, they simply can’t measure up to what DHL can do for you with international shipping.

Comparing just price alone, both FedEx and UPS have risen their rates by 5.9% in 2024. DHL on the other hand has enabled OptimalShip to offer DHL shipping rates 20% lower this year than last year.  There’s a lot of uncertainty about inflation right now in the United States. This is a fantastic option to increase your profit margin.

But that doesn’t mean that you’re paying for inferior service. Like I said, international shipping is what DHL does best. DHL has the largest global shipping network. They have facilities all over the world and can reach over 220 countries. That allows parcels shipped through DHL to reach more destinations faster than ones shipped through FedEx or UPS. That simple change can open up a world of opportunity for you and your business.


Who Can Benefit?

Anyone can find benefits in shipping with DHL. Let’s say you have a loved one living overseas whom you want to send a care package to. You’re a little anxious about sending it through the post office. No problem, DHL will get that package to them no problem. Same if you have a loved one serving in the US military overseas; DHL can still get your shipment there if you prefer to use a private carrier.

If international shipping is a big need for you, there are amazing business options available to you through DHL. Whether you’re a big company trying to optimize their supply chain or a small company dipping their toes into the international market, DHL is an option that can help you and your business succeed at your business goals overseas.


How Can I Start?

Here comes a little self-promotion if you’re looking to make a change right now. You might still be reviewing your options and figuring out what works for you, and that’s totally okay! I just wanted to make sure you were aware of what OptimalShip does if you are preparing to make a new move in regards to your company’s logistics.

First, I want to cover OptimalShip’s relationship with DHL. OptimalShip is an authorized service provider for DHL International Express Shipping. That means that we receive significantly reduced rates that we are in turn able to pass onto our customers.

What’s more, we are able to offer you these wholesale rates without any kind of volume requirements. That’s a feature not usually available to companies, which enables smaller companies to reap the benefits of shipping in bulk without having to stress about meeting a number of sales. This is because OptimalShip meets those volume requirements on your behalf. So whether your business is big or small, you can take advantage of DHL’s premium shipping service for discount prices.

We also know that shipping overseas can be kind of stressful with all the laws and regulations different countries have. That’s why we have a team of experts who are focused on making sure your shipment gets to your international clients without any problems. You can schedule all of this online, and if you ever need us, we’re only five rings away by phone.


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As a business, we know that it can be difficult to find parts of your operation where you can cut costs without cutting corners. It’s an uncertain time, and you likely feel the pressure being placed on you to make careful decisions. The best thing you can do in that regard is to know all of the options that are available to you.

We’ve gone over singing the praises of DHL as an international courier and how you and your company can benefit from their global network. We’ve gone over how you can feel assured when you choose to reach your overseas customers using DHL that it won’t only get there fast, but you’ll be able to track it every step of the way. We’ve also gone over how DHL is not only a cut above the competition, but you can get access to their wholesale rates for savings starting at 20%.


This is a step for anybody looking to save on overhead cost with international shipping. If you’d like to speak to a rep on how you can access these benefits; click the button below to sign up for a free consultation:


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