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DHL adds fast French shipping to cross-border shipping platform

DHL has teamed up with delivery company Colis Privé to offer faster delivery to companies shipping cross-border into France.

Colis Privé, which specialises in home and relay parcel delivery within 24 to 48 hours, is now available through the DHL Parcel Connect platform.

The carrier, which can deliver into recipients’ mailboxes, now has four hubs across France, including one near the Paris CDG airport and others in the north, centre and south-east.

The new service offering will sit alongside other services on Connect, such as a pick-up and drop-off points offered through DHL partner Relais Colis. Connect consists of 29 partners across 28 European countries, offering an integrated network for ecommerce sellers.

Alexander Schmitz-Hübsch, VP Product Management, DHL eCommerce Solutions, said: “France is one of the key e-commerce markets in Europe. By onboarding Colis Privé to our Connect network, we can offer a streamlined yet flexible service to our customers via one platform; a perfect fit for their business needs.

“Online shopping is being driven to new heights and the recent peak season has amplified this trend. Flexible cross-border collaboration has become increasingly important to our customers and with our international network and co-operation with local partners, we are able to make the complex world of cross-border delivery seamless.”

Jean-Philippe Bergougnoux, General Manager at Colis Privé, said: “As the largest private B2C service provider offering home deliveries in the French domestic market, and only private company allowed to deliver parcels in mailboxes, this partnership seems crucial for us and for our company’s expansion.

“As a member of the European Connect network, this partnership with DHL allows us to further expand our reach to sales teams and customers internationally, providing them with the opportunity to operate with our delivery service, considered to be a new reference on the French market.”