DPD orders new trucks to meet capacity needs

Thanks to soaring demand for online shopping due to the pandemic, delivery giant DPD has ordered 100 new Mercedes-Benz Actros HGV tractor units in addition to its original order of 50 trucks earlier this year.

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks are the first HGV tractor units to reach the markets with full Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities. DPD has been operating 25 of these in its fleet for the last year already.

The boom in online shopping began before the pandemic lockdown hit in March. This has already forced DPD to invest in more trucks, staffing and warehousing. The company has announced this investment programme is to cost around £200 million, double that of rivals Hermes’ announcement last week. Half of DPD’s investment is to go into new vehicles.

For peak times DPD keeps a fleet of low height tractor units mothballed much of the year, rolling them out as necessary. Ahead of the peak season this year it has no spare capacity in its fleet to do this thanks to its network being at full stretch already so has placed the orders in question ahead of a peak season that is set to smash records in online shopping.