Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DHL Named Logistics Provider to Rugby World Cup

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JAPAN – GERMANY – DHL has been named the Official Logistics Partner and a Worldwide Partner of the Rugby World Cup 2019. The partnership will see DHL again team up with one of the biggest international sporting events, which will take place in host country Japan from September 20 to November 2, 2019. DHL was previously Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express, said:

"We are very excited to be continuing our longstanding, successful partnership with the game of Rugby including again being involved in the premier event of such a dynamically growing sport. We are also thrilled that it is breaking new ground in Japan, a country with the fourth largest population of rugby players in the world and with great potential to inspire a new generation of Rugby fans with its performances both on and off the pitch. DHL has operated in Japan for forty five years and has built up an unrivalled network in the country. We can't wait to share all the passion and enjoyment that Rugby embodies with our customers, employees and the broader Rugby family in Japan and around the world over the next two and a half years."

The partnership between DHL and Rugby World Cup 2019 continues a longstanding relationship between DHL and the game of Rugby. As the Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, DHL was responsible for the transportation of Tournament and team equipment from around the world to England and across the country. DHL delivered over 48 tonnes of team freight, 1,400 official match balls, and 20 sets of uprights to the 13 match venues, and also delivered over 400,000 tickets to more than 160 countries. World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:

"We are delighted to be extending our long-standing and highly-successful partnership with DHL, the express and logistics global leader. More than a commercial partner, DHL is a world class logistics operator and in an event where success hinges on the details, we know that we have the best possible partner."

Alongside its support for previous Rugby World Cup tournaments, the company also currently partners with the World Rugby Sevens Series, the New Zealand Lions Series 2017, Rugby Canada, the Irish Rugby Football Union, the German Rugby Union, Harlequins in England and the DHL Stormers in South Africa, among other grassroots support for local clubs in many locations around the world. The support ranges from logistics services, sponsorship, coaching clinics with DHL ambassadors and in-kind volunteering support from DHL employees, who commit their time to run community programs and help with administering clubs.