DPD expands electric fleet

Delivery company DPD has renewed its contract with online fashion giant ASOS for another five years. Under the deal around 50% of goods delivered within the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will be by electric vehicles.

DPD is ahead of the field in some respects in regards its electric fleet. It opened its first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster last October and is investing in a number of new micro-depots across the Capital. The firm expects to have a fleet of 600 electric delivery vehicles on the road by 2021.

DPD’s CEO Dwain McDonald commented: “I am delighted to partner ASOS for another five years.  We have a special relationship and, over the years, we’ve worked together in a very close partnership that has helped us develop a series of delivery innovations. This is a very fast-moving sector and we work with the best in the business, which in turn, helps us improve and innovate to meet their demands.

“Some of our most popular services were developed in conjunction with ASOS, so it is a relationship, based on great service, genuine innovation and a shared passion for ‘the next new thing’. ASOS customers will continue to benefit from the best in-flight parcel communication in the industry, with night-before notifications, one-hour delivery slots and complete control over their final delivery with our in-flight options and the YourDPD app.

“The next five years will see the delivery landscape transformed again with greener, more sustainable deliveries, more geo-location innovation and of course Brexit. We’re ahead of the game on all three fronts, but the investment in our all-electric fleet and depot network is key for us. We expect to have the largest EV fleet in the industry and plan to double the number of electric vehicles year on year.

The DPD CEO concluded “Being able to provide customers like ASOS with smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel deliveries is a top priority for us.”

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