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This article is about the American logistics company. For the Finnish technology company, see Exel Composites. For the former Dutch airline, see Air Exel.
Not to be confused with Excel (disambiguation).
Type Exel is a wholly owned entity of Deutsche Post
Industry Logistics
Founded Westerville, Ohio (1992)
Headquarters Westerville, OH
United States
Key people John Gilbert, CEO
Revenue Increase US$ 4.2 Billion p.a.
Employees 40,000 associates in the United States and Canada
Website www.exel.com

Exel is a supply chain and logistics company operating in North America and Europe. Exel is wholly owned by the German firm Deutsche Post DHL. It reports annual revenues of about $4.2 billion. [1]


The company has its origins in several independent warehouse and transportation management companies in the United States which were acquired in 1985 by NFC plc (formerly the National Freight Consortium, the nationalised UK transportation business created by the post-war Labour government). The new company was re-branded Exel and the Americas headquarters was established in Westerville, Ohio, in 1992.

By the year 2000, Exel had grown and expanded operations to include Canada, Latin America and South America. Its portfolio of solutions also grew to include transportation management, freight consolidation, contract packaging, contract manufacturing, demand planning and other supply chain services.

In May 2000 NFC plc merged with Ocean Group plc and, adopting the name of its American subsidiary, became Exel plc.[2]

In 2004 Exel plc acquired Tibbett & Britten, a leading UK-based contract logistics business, for $710m.[3]

On 14 December 2005 Deutsche Post announced the completion of the acquisition of Exel plc.[4]


Deutsche Post continues to trade under the Exel brand in North America. The rest of the business was merged with DHL Express to form DHL Exel Supply Chain. Exel operates 441 facilities and works with over 40,000 associates in North America. Exel serves the automotive, chemical, consumer, energy, industrial, life sciences, retail, and technology industries. Services include supply chain management, inbound to manufacturing, in-plant services, manufacturing, assembly and packing, warehousing and order fulfillment, transportation management, home and business delivery and reverse logistics.


The company has attracted notice in the press over the years for its labor practices.

In August 2011, the main distribution center for Hershey candies was subjected to a strike by about 400[5] young foreign workers brought to the United States under the J1 "cultural exchange" visa program. The center in Palmyra, Pennsylvania was run for Hershey by Exel.[6] Exel in turn subcontracted the staffing of the center to another firm SHS OnSite Solutions based in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. The students were recruited by yet another organization called the Council on Educational Travel (CETUSA).[7]

In 2012, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Exel almost $300,000 for willfully failing to record and report on-the-job injuries for four years. [8]


  1. ^ Company website on 28 February 2012
  2. ^ NFC and Ocean forge £3.2bn alliance to exploit commerce
  3. ^ Top 25 Third-Party Logistics Providers: Bigger and Broader
  4. ^ Deutsche Post (2005-12-14). "Deutsche Post DHL Completes Acquisition of Exel". Retrieved 2008-11-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ Adams, Susan. "Hershey Fudges Labor Relations Image". Forbes. 
  6. ^ Foreign guestworkers, union members protesting Hershey Co. policies for foreign workers
  7. ^ Hershey Leaves a Bitter Taste for Foreign Students
  8. ^ Department of Labor News Release entitled, US Labor Department's OSHA cites 2 companies, proposes $288,000 in fines for workplace safety and health violations involving foreign students #12-O321-PHI, dated 13 February 2012

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