Power cuts dog DHL operations

The problem of frequent power cuts has been listed among major challenges for the DHL Express courier company to carry out its day to day activities hence forcing the company to incur costs of using alternative source of energy.

The DHL Express Managing Director, Mr Blaise De Souza, told journalists in Dar es Salaam recently that the problem affects the company's operations while clearing the items as most of the activities were done electronically.

He was speaking after showing reporters a newly built company's warehouse at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Terminal I in the city.

He said the warehouse receives at least 10,000 individual shipments per day.

"Our ambition is to become the company's hub in East Africa. Our colleagues from other countries have started coming to borrow a leaf of experience from us," said the country's Managing Director whose company operates to over 120 countries worldwide.

Mr De Souza said his company with 90 per cent of local staff has been operating in the country for over 20 years, saying the country's good infrastructure has been facilitating the DHL Express operations.

But he said lack of the area code posed another challenge for his company while delivering consignments and that the company uses different channels to ensure customers got the consignments at the right time.

"We have 35 motorcycles which are used for airport and door to door delivery services in the city and our own airplanes to transport the consignments worldwide," he said.

Mr De Souza named the company's regional branches as Tanga, Mwanza, Arusha, Moshi, Mbeya, Iringa, Morogoro, Mtwara and Isles.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Ludovick Kazoka

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