July 8, 2016 3:40 PM, EDT

Goodbye, Drivers: DHL Opens Location Where Packages are Walked to Customers


DHL has opened a retail service center in lower Manhattan to increase market share for pickup and deliveries to Wall Street and the entire financial district. The company calls the new operation “100% green,” with a dozen couriers who walk, rather than drive, to the five ZIP codes in lower Manhattan.

“Our new service helps get those all-important documents delivered to the area’s financial and legal firms that much earlier. We like to say it’s moving at the speed of the Big Yellow Machine — this one configured to the narrow nooks and crannies of lower Manhattan.” Laurice Bancroft, DHL Sr. VP and general manager for the Northeast, said in a statement.

DHL, based in Plantation, Florida, already provides service to financial and legal firms in New York City with helicopter service.  The international express service provider also uses helicopters to provide late day pickup service in the city to transport urgent documents to businesses based in London.