DPD Germany has announced that Saturday deliveries are now available from all its distribution centres in Germany. With the latest addition of the distribution centre in Vorpommern Altentreptow, the company now provides private customers with Saturday delivery across the whole of Germany.
DPD has been providing a Saturday service in selected regions in Germany since May 2014, with the service rolling out on a selected basis. By September 2014, the Saturday service was available in 30% of the country. In May 2015, the service had expanded to cover 80% of the population. Recently, DPD introduced the service in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, as well as a range of other cities.
DPD has found that customers are much more likely to be at home on a Saturday and first time delivery of parcels reduces parcel delivery costs across the network. Before the Saturday service was introduced, DPD offered a standard Monday to Friday delivery, with Saturday offered as a premium service.
DPD is focusing heavily on the B2C segment of parcel delivery and has been at the forefront of offering technology to improve the customer experience. Since July 2014, DPD has offered a real-time delivery window notification to the customer, offering data on how many drops the vehicle has to do before arriving at the recipient’s address.
Apex Insight has published a report covering European parcel shops and lockers, an important element of B2C parcel deliveries: European Parcel Shop and Locker Networks: Market Insight Report 2015