On 14 December 2005 Deutsche Post announced the completion of the acquisition of Exel plc, becoming the global No. 1 in air freight, ocean freight and contract logistics. When integrating Exel into its Logistics division, it added its well-known DHL brand acquired with the purchase of DHL Express to form the name DHL Exel Supply Chain. During 2009, Deutsche Post AG rebranded its trading name from "Deutsche Post World Net" to "Deutsche Post DHL" and subsequently dropped "Exel" from the Supply Chain branding.
DHL Supply Chain has two main businesses: its contract logistics business includes ground-based supply chain management services such as warehousing and distribution, assembly, and just-in-time services. Its freight management business includes airfreight and ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and multimodal services (arrangement of freight transportation by a combination of road and rail).