DPD Germany opens Berlin micro-depot

DPD Germany has launched a new micro-depot for zero emissions final mile deliveries in Berlin. This will have two heavy duty e-cargo-bikes supplied by ONO running with four other cargo-bikes. It is to operate into the four districts of Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg, Pankow and Lichtenberg.

The Berlin micro-depot is to handle up to 400 parcels a day with the plan to increase this when the bikes are reloaded at the site. An electric VW e-Crafter van is to supply the unit with parcels every morning, making the DPD Germany site completely emissions free.

DPD Germany already has experience in parcel delivery with cargo bikes in Berlin, explains Gerd Seber, group manager sustainability and innovation at the company: “We supplied parts of the delivery area with pedelec bikes during our participation in the KoMoDo cross-provider cargo bike project, which was funded by the federal government. In the process we also discovered that there was still potential for development in the available cargo bike models, especially in the areas of reliability and aftersales. We have used different models here as well as in other cities over an extended period of time.

“We are pleased to be able to deploy another professional model in the form of the ONO PAT, and are looking forward to working with it. After the end of the KoMoDo project we started looking for suitable locations for our own micro-depot and found what we were looking for on the edge of the Prenzlauer Berg district. The surrounding delivery area mainly consists of private consignees, and the stop density of the delivery tours is correspondingly high. Such areas are ideally suited for parcel deliveries by cargo bike.”