Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Unna, Holzwickede, Groß-Gerau, Oranienburg, Bücknitz, Hamburg
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Postal And Courier Activities
53.2 - Other postal and courier activities

560 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 September 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 April 2010


On 7 September, Deutsche Post announced the intention to cut 560 jobs at its subsidiary DHL in response to the insolvency of German retailer Arcandor. 4,000 German DHL employees are working in logistic services for the Arcondor-daughters, Karstadt and Quelle. Deutsche Post argues that DHL Solutions has been strongly affected by a decline in orders. 560 DHL jobs shall be cut by the end of April 2010. 220 jobs will be shed at Holzwickede and at Unna (both Ruhr region), 320 at Oranienburg, Bücknitz and Groß-Gerau and an additional 20 jobs at Hamburg. According to FAZ, Deutsche Post has informed the United Services Union, ver.di, of the plans. There is no information on any agreement reached. 

According to a 20 October 2009 announcement by DHL, the  560 jobs cuts are already gone.      


  • 7 September 2009: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 7 September 2009: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 21 October 2009: Handelsblatt


Eurofound (2009), DHL, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 69520, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69520.