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DHL Express has opened a new “walking courier” facility in New York’s lower Manhattan financial district.

The facility, which will employ foot couriers as opposed to drivers, is the first of its kind in the US. It measures 1,200 square feet and employs over a dozen couriers to cover five ZIP codes (postal areas) within Manhattan.

The reasoning behind the store is that the financial district has narrow roads and traffic congestion, which means that travelling by foot is actually sometimes easier and speedier. DHL expects to lop about an hour off delivery times by using walking couriers.

The centre can also be used for parcel and document drop-offs, for which there will be a customer service counter.

New York has thorough coverage by DHL, which has facilities in most of the major boroughs, as well as providing helicopter deliveries to Manhattan and to Newark’s Liberty International Airport.

(Source: DC Velocity)

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