January 30, 2013 / 11:32 AM / in 5 years

DHL exploring sale of U.S. "last-mile" delivery unit: sources

(Reuters) - Deutsche Post’s (DPWGn.DE) DHL is considering selling its “last-mile” delivery unit in the United States, a service used by retailers to deliver bulky products to consumers, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

An employee is seen next to his workstation during a operational test of the new DHL North Asia Hub in Shanghai July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

DHL could sell its Exel Direct unit, part of its Exel supply chain in the United States, for about $100 million, one of the three sources said.

A Deutsche Post spokesman declined to comment. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The rise of e-commerce has led to a boom in “last-mile” delivery services, used by retailers like Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to deliver televisions, furniture and other large products that might require installation in a customer’s home.

Exel Direct’s customers include retailers Williams-Sonoma Inc (WSM.N), Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O) and Office Depot Inc ODP.N, according to its website.

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