GeoPost/DPDgroup expects 351 million parcels between now and January

European carriers GeoPost/DPDgroup expects to handle 351 million parcels across the UK and EU in the coming peak season between mid-November and mid-January.

The projected 8.6% increase in volumes on 2020-21’s peak season is in part due to the healthy boost in parcel volumes during the pandemic. In the first half of 2021, the carrier saw a 23.6% increase in volumes compared to the same period in 2020. It handled more than a billion parcels worldwide in this period, though growth has slowed since.

The peak season comprises of Singles Day on 11/11 (imported from China), Black Friday (26/11), Cyber Monday (29/11) and the week before 25/12. The season is set to continue until the middle of January as people return unwanted goods.

“Customer satisfaction is GeoPost/DPDgroup’s top priority for this year’s peak period. With volumes that have already increased by well over 20% over the first half of 2021, we are working hand in hand and around the clock with our customers to meet their changing needs in what remains an uncertain environment. Despite these challenges, we are as committed as ever to be the partner of choice, a reference in sustainable delivery and a leading enabler of the e-commerce acceleration”, explains Bas Janssen, European Operations Director at DPDgroup.

Across its European and UK operations, DPDgroup is preparing for the seasonal spike with: 60 additional depots for the season, 12,000 seasonal drivers operating 9,000 vans, 5,000 seasonal warehouse staff and extended operating hours or shifts at existing depots.

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