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50 Years of DHL

Three young men and an old two-door Plymouth Duster formed the humble beginnings of DHL. Their mission was straight forward: The team would drive themselves around the streets of San Francisco collecting paper documents, hop on a commercial flight to Honolulu and hand-deliver to their customers. This entrepreneurial spirit was shared by family and friends, who helped the company to expand its services across borders to new territories.

Now, 50 years later, the company has grown from a small team of three founders and their helpers to over half a million people, and one car has been replaced by a fleet of bikes, scooters, trucks, cargo ships and even autonomous drones. Over five decades, DHL has become a global company with the founders’ three initials now an iconic brand known far and wide across the world.

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