DPD opens 5th super hub in time for peak season

DPD UK’s new, £150 million super hub ‘Hub 5’ in Hinckley, Leicestershire is set to be fully operational ahead of what’s expected to be a record breaking peak delivery season.

This is the fifth such super-hub the carrier is operating in the UK and is one of the largest fully automated parcel hubs in Europe. According to DPD UK it is also the most sustainable and technologically advanced in its estate.

With a capacity to handle 72,000 parcels per hour, the main building is 500 metres long and 42 metres wide. 3,000 metres of conveyors operate in conjunction with the the latest sortation technology and video coding to accurately sort parcels toward their destinations.

Situated close to J1 of the M69, the new hub is just two miles from two other key sites in the DPD estate, Hub 4 and the International Gateway, both of which opened in 2015.

A solar array on the roof consists of 6,000 panels with a peak summer output of 2.4MW. In daytime the offices on the site will be able to operate off-grid, with excess energy being exported to the grid.

Justin Pegg, Chief Operating Officer at DPD commented, “To have Hub 5 open and fully operational going into the Black Friday and Christmas period is fantastic news for the operation and for our customers. Our giant hubs in Hinckley and those in the West Midlands give us the capacity and the flexibility we need to manage the significant volume and the major peaks at this time of year.  We are planning for record parcel volumes again this Christmas and we have been able to prepare for those volumes with Hub 5 in mind.   

“With Hub 5 we now have three of the largest fully automated parcel hubs in Europe.  Over the last ten years we’ve invested in growing our network capacity, not only with the new hubs but also with close to 40 purpose-built, brand new regional distribution centres, giving us the most efficient parcel operation in the UK.”

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