DPD Germany opens Mannheim depot

Amidst the boom in online shopping and the coming peak season, DPD Germany has announced it has opened a new depot in Mannheim.

Initially, DPD plans to handle around 16,500 parcels a day there though it has the capacity to handle up to 20,000 daily with 3,500 parcels a day more than that at peak times.

The depot is to employ 180 new staff, and it is hoped it will relieve the pressure on the depot at nearby Worms. The company says the Worms depot had already reached capacity and that expansion is no longer possible and there are no new buildings available in the immediate area. This is why DPD Germany has acquired and renovated an existing building in Mannheim to serve both that city as well as Heidelberg and Waldorf.

Depot manager Daniel Ay believes that the Mannheim location, apart from relieving the pressure on its existing facilities, also offers further advantages. “By moving to Mannheim we are crossing the Rhine, which is a natural border. Until now drivers had to cross the river every morning with a limited number of road bridges. We now save a lot of time because we’re 35km and therefore about half an hour closer to the delivery area, which also cuts down on travel distances and CO emissions. In addition, the depot is in an ideal location with the motorway just 10 minutes away and the city of Mannheim and the adjacent Rhine-Neckar region are easily accessible.”

This close proximity to various metropolitan regions also offers an opportunity for DPD to expand its electrically powered vehicle fleet. In summing up these advantages Ay stated, “We see enormous potential in terms of converting our vehicles to environmentally friendly delivery, which we are already implementing in the form of cargo bikes in Heidelberg, for example. But it’s not only the surrounding cities that are suitable for such a delivery service. Some peripheral areas are also potentially suitable for delivery by electronically operated vehicles.”