The delivery company DHL was founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn, with the name of the company derived from their surname initials Dalsey Hillblom and Lynn.
It started in the late 1960s when Hillblom worked as document courier for Michael’s, Poe & Associates, an accounting firm.
When Hillblom started DHL with his two partners, they started by shipping documents overnight between San Francisco and Honolulu via commercial passenger flights.
DHL was bought out by Deutsche Post, the German mail carrier, in 2002. The DHL name continues to be used for Deutsche Post’s courier and delivery services, and is also a part of the larger conglomerate’s trading name: Deutsche Post DHL Group.