DPD expecting 20 pc peak season growth

With DPD expecting up to 20% more parcel volumes this peak season than it saw last year, the delivery company has invested more than £10 million in a new Dunstable distribution centre as well as depots in Park Royal (London), Bicester, Aberdeen and Goole.

All the new premises have been delivered to DPD ahead of the Christmas peak season.

Between the new sites it is expected that the investment will create 105 new jobs in a range of roles including operations and drivers, with each location having redundant capacity to be brought into action with projected growth in years to come.

DPD has said that the five new sites are part of a national investment programme to extend network capacity as well as improve efficiency.

Located on the Woodside Industrial Estate, the 63,603 square foot Dunstable distribution centre is double the size of DPD’s standard depot sizes and is set to service up to 115 new routes. It is fitted with fully automated sorting conveyors and will be able to handle up to 6,000 packages per hour.

Meanwhile the 47,145 square foot Goole depot at the Ozone Business Park in Howden is designed to books DPD’s parcel distribution services across East Yorkshire as well as the wider region. It will service up to 75 new routes. 175 new routes will be added between the Aberdeen and the Bicester Park sites too, and 50 more will be added at the Park Royal centre in London.

DPD’s CEO Dwain McDonald commented: “In the last few years DPD has enjoyed unprecedented growth. We’ve invested heavily in developing our distribution network and in creating a range of innovative, customer focused services. These new depots are the latest in our ongoing investment in our infrastructure and will allow us to continue to deliver a first class service to businesses, online retailers and their customers for years to come.

“Our purpose built, state-of-the-art DCs and depots make a huge impact on our distribution network, both in terms of extra capacity and greater efficiency. And, the new locations will also give our drivers better access to major road networks, improving our journey times. Our approach to Peak is always based largely around bringing on board new, permanent infrastructure and staff – resources that are then available to us next year to help us continue growing.”
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