New micro-depot at Alexanderplatz train station to be used by DPD

Germany’s national railway company DB has opened a new micro-depot in Berlin Alexanderplatz railway station that will receive parcels by van for final mile delivery by DPD and CityLog.

Other carriers have been invited to use the train station micro depot which promotes partnership-based and efficient use of available space. According to a statement from DPD, “The aim is to offer the logistics partners a solution for reducing emissions of air pollutants, greenhouse gases (CO2), particulate matter and noise. The depot also contributes to alleviating the cost and productivity problem along the last mile, thanks to the fact that it is open to all service providers and is designed to improve traffic flows and strengthen intermodal transport.”

From the Alex train station, parcels will be sent the final mile by e-cargo-bikes and small, low-emissions vehicles. Energy for the unit in the DB-owned train station will be partly supplied with solar panels on the south facing side of the building.

DPD will use it as a drop-off and transshipment point. Parcels will delivered to the unit by van and then sorted into e-cargo-bike boxes. According to the carrier, it will aim at delivering around 200 parcels per day that will be taken to addresses at two neighbouring postcodes. There is space in the DB unit for more parcels as it becomes more established.