DPD Ireland – pandemic boom led to sustained growth

In the first 10 months of 2021, DPD Ireland invested €8.1m in infrastructure to meet the boom in e-commerce demand.

The biggest investment was €5m in expanding the Athlone parcel hub, while €3m went into upgrading IT infrastructure across the DPD Ireland network.

At the same time the carrier opened a new, 15,000 square foot distribution centre for Cavan and Monaghan in April to help with the one million deliveries made in the two counties this year. DPD Ireland also opened a new depot in Kilkenny.

DPD Ireland CEO Des Travers said that the demand was brought about by the pandemic: “We made this investment in our infrastructure, opening new depots, to ensure we can continue to meet the high levels of demand for our services.”

Though the pandemic brought about a boom, this was not just a spike that will pass with similar volumes before. Travers believes the higher volumes are set to continue and demand is set to grow further. “We experienced one of the biggest booms in online retailing over the past 18 months, but we also experienced a shift in behaviour. Even with shops re-opening, a reliance on online shopping has been maintained by consumers, and this is going to be our new normal going forward,” he said.

The carrier achieved 2025 revenue targets in 2020 as a result of the boom. From parcel volumes of 17 million in 2017 they grew to 36 million in 2020 and so far in 2021, 44 million. In 2020 DPD Ireland saw revenues grow to €158 million.

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