The pilot project will take place in Germany, at five different locations, with the goal of recruiting 500 new drivers by the end of it.
This follows on from the initial recruitment of 30 new drivers in spring 2018, in Erfurt, Koblenz, Maintal, Malsfeld and Sehlem.
“Our industry is currently being driven by an ever-increasing demand for transport, not least because of the continued strong growth in e-commerce,” said Uwe Brinks, CEO of DHL Freight.
“While we have sufficient loading capacity, we are noticing an increasingly urgent shortage of drivers. We have now adopted a far-sighted approach to addressing this problem with our driver recruitment initiative, which is aimed at ensuring that we can continue to provide our customers with the certainty and service they have come to expect from us.”
DHL Freight is also ordering new trucks with a load capacity of 12 tonnes, to provide drivers with the latest equipment and technology as well as improving capacity ahead of the peak season.
The trucks will be fitted with a turning assistant and solar mats for the roof of each vehicle, helping to reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%.
Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group