GLS opens depots in Cork and Dresden

Royal Mail owned GLS has opened new depots in Cork and Dresden in response to increased parcel delivery demand.

The new Cork, Ireland depot will triple GLS capacity in the region. Located at Blarney Business Park it has easy access to major roads connecting to Dublin and other centres. It is 240% bigger than the Little Island unit it replaces and has a new conveyor system for parcel processing.

Managing director Andreas Rickert said: “The Cork depot strengthens our network for the long term. We expect rising parcel numbers, and the increased capacity allows us to sustainably offer our customers a high quality level.

“The first customers based in Blarney Business Park have signed up already with GLS to ship their goods across Ireland and Europe. This underlines our decision to relocate and enlarge our footprint in Cork.”

Meanwhile GLS Germany has begun operations at a new facility near Dresden. This too is significantly larger than the depot it replaces at Bretnig, which had reached its capacity limit.

Marc Baumgarte, GLS’s region manager Germany East, explained: “The second depot in the region enables us to guarantee delivery quality even when shipment volumes continue to grow.” Up to 6,500 parcels per day can be processed in the new 2,000 sqm hall. It can easily be extended by another hall section so that GLS can double its capacity to around 12,000 parcels per day.”

Both sites have been built with sustainability in mind. LED lighting and top rated insulation has been used in the Cork depot, while at the Dresden depot it has a number of rapid vehicle charging stations to meet future demand for an e-vehicle fleet.

GLS is the rising star in the Royal Mail portfolio. A global parcels business it is seeing increasing volumes and revenues even as other Royal Mail segments retreat.