DPD investment delivers new purpose-built ‘super depots'

Leading parcel delivery company DPD has invested £14 million in developing four new super-sized depots in Cardiff, Dagenham, Exeter and Stoke.  Delivered ahead of the Christmas parcel rush, and new facilities will contribute to what DPD expect to be a record peak period, with planned parcel volumes 30% up on last year.

Covering at least 60,000 sq. ft., each of the new depots is double the size of DPD's standard sites, and will be capable of handling 25,000 parcels a day.  The new purpose-built facilities are fitted with state-of-the-art, fully automated sorting conveyers and have the capacity to handle 6,000 packages an hour – making them four times as efficient as the older depots.

The investment will also create 170 new jobs this year in a range of roles – including operations and drivers – and each new super-depot will still have significant capacity to continue growing for years to come.

As part of the largest ever expansion of the DPD network, the investment follows a period of sustained growth due to DPD's unique Predict service which notifies parcel recipients of their one-hour delivery timeslot, in advance, by email or text and gives them access to a range of ‘in-flight options'.

Predict also enables recipients to manage their own delivery via their smartphone or PC and to communicate with their driver in real-time to ensure that millions more parcels are delivered, right, first-time.

Dwain McDonald, DPD's CEO commented, "Our new flagship super depots are the largest and most efficient in our network and are the latest demonstration of our commitment to our customers.  They enable us to expand our capacity, run our service efficiently and maintain our very high service standards.

“Most importantly they ensure we remain well ahead of demand from our business and retail customers. We're investing in capacity for the future, so these huge depots will be able to continue to grow for the next five years and beyond.”

In September, DPD opened Europe's largest and most technically advanced sorting hub in Hinckley, Leicestershire.  At a cost of £100 million, DPD fourth hub will create 1,000 full-time jobs and increase the company's overall UK parcel capacity by an additional 65 per cent.