DPD Germany opens super-hub

DPD Germany formally opened its largest parcel sorting centre in the country this week. The €50 million facility is in Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia.

The 122,000 square metre sorting centre is to go into operation on 7 September and will sort around 80,000 parcels per day, and then ramp up to 200,000 parcels daily. To begin with it will employ 350 staff but at operating capacity this will increase to 800.

Speaking on the occasion of the opening, DPD CEO Boris Winkelmann stated: “We’re very proud of our new parcel sorting centre in Hamm, which is an important building block in the management of our future volume growth. For our Germany-wide network the facility sets new standards in terms of performance and flexibility. In addition, our new depot is also characterised by highly sustainable construction and technological features”.

Karl-Uwe Bütof, Director of the “Innovation and Markets” section of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy commented: “E-commerce is booming. In North Rhine-Westphalia, too, people are increasingly shopping on the Internet. And this requires the appropriate infrastructure…It is therefore encouraging not only that we are in a position to offer large logistics areas, but also that companies like DPD are investing in our federal state and thus strengthening our status as a business and logistics location.”

Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann, Mayor of the city of Hamm, added: “I am pleased that we have been able to persuade a major company with international operations to locate in Hamm. As a city this will enable us to expand our economic profile and at the same time create new jobs. At the end of the day local people will also benefit from this development.”

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