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Hall of Fame 2000 - Late Adrian Dalsey

Late Adrian Dalsey

A chance meeting between two men converted an idea into a global

business. These men, Adrian Dalsey, a sales manager, Larry Hillblom, a law

student/courier and Robert Lynn who joined them shortly thereafter to formed a company

and made their initials a recognized global symbol for document transfers and express


Their basic idea – a courier service for documents was designed to serve the surface

transportation industry. The ability to file ships documents at the port of entry prior to

the arrival of the ship itself substantially reduced port time, improved service and reduced

operating costs for shipping lines.

Their modest beginning with a second-hand car, no financing and funded by cash flow

and credit card has become a global enterprise employing 68,000 people and serving

635,000 destinations.

The service began between Hawaii and San Francisco and rapidly expanded eastward

throughout the Orient. Next the U.S.A. domestic market was targeted for expansion,

rapidly followed by Europe, Africa and the rest of the world.

Today DHL operates 222 aircraft, 17,457 vehicles in 227 countries and employs more

than 68,000 people. It has triggered reforms in the postal service, expanded its air

express markets and moved into the general air cargo fold. Its client roster is

international - its service quality enviable.

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