For Exel, the goal is to excel at supply chain management. The company arranges for its customers' freight to be hauled in truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) quantities; in addition, it oversees intermodal freight transportation, involving the use of both trucks and trains. Exel provides services such as international freight forwarding, warehousing, supply chain analysis and management, in-plant services, assembly and packaging, and transportation management. It is part of the Supply Chain business unit of DHL, the global express delivery and logistics giant. DHL itself is a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Post.
Exel has about 500 sites spanning Canada, the US, and Latin America (Puerto Rico, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina). The company has 298 facilities in the US.
Through its Power Packaging operations, Exel provides manufacturing services -- food and beverage companies provide their recipes and raw materials, and Exel utilizes its own facilities, equipment, and people to make the products. Exel's Assembly & Packaging division selects the right casing for the products. Another division, Exel Direct, delivers large items such as appliances and furniture for clients such as home goods retailer Crate & Barrel.
Sister company DHL Supply Chain operates in Mexico and South America, from 70 facilities totaling 13 million sq. ft.
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Exel serves customers in the automotive, chemical, consumer, energy, industrial, life sciences, retail, and technology sectors. Some better known customers include Chrysler, Dow, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Kraft, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Diageo, and Unilever.
Exel generates $4.6 billion in annual net revenues. The Supply Chain segment of DHL accounts for about 26% of Deutsche Post's annual revenues.
In 2014 the company and DHL Supply Chain started a new freight brokerage company Exel Freight Connect, which will offer custom freight brokerage solutions and a network of the reliable carriers, to help connect Exel’s customers with carriers for freight transportation needs. The new company will allow Exel to respond to capacity requests across transportation modes in United States, Canada and Mexico. The new company will be located at Columbus, Ohio.
Following Deutsche Post's lead, Exel has set a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. (Deutsche Post plans to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% before 2020.)
The two companies also teamed up in 2011 to build a 250,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Laredo, Texas to serve as a hub along the US/Mexico border that will offer managed transportation services, a large trailer yard, warehousing, cross-docking, US and Mexico customs and brokerage, drayage, and a bilingual information technology platform to track inventory and facilitate customs paperwork.
In 2008 Exel was named a SmartWay partner by the US Environmental Protection Agency based on its efforts to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Being a SmartWay partner means Exel must ship 50% of its freight via other SmartWay carriers and provide annual progress reports to the EPA.
Exel was founded in 1985, from UK as National Freight Consortium. In was re-branded to Exel in 1992, and set up its Americas headquarters in Westerville, Ohio. The company was acquired by Deutsche Post in 2005.