Left: The DPD team in Cardiff outside their new super depot
Parcel delivery provider DPD has invested £14m (US$21.4m) in developing four new super depots in the UK with locations in Cardiff, Dagenham, Exeter and Stoke.
The new purpose-built facilities have all been fitted with state-of-the-art, fully automated sorting conveyers and have the capacity to handle 6,000 packages an hour. Each super depot covers an area of approximately 60,000ft².
The four new super depots have all been completed ahead of the Christmas peak period, and will help DPD to deal with the anticipated 30% increase in parcel volumes when compared with the 2014 peak period. The investment will create 170 new jobs in a range of roles from operations to drivers.
Dwain McDonald, CEO for DPD, said, “Our new flagship super depots are the largest and most efficient in our network and are the latest demonstration of our commitment to our customers. They enable us to expand our capacity, run our service efficiently and maintain our very high service standards. Most importantly they ensure we remain well ahead of demand from our business and retail customers. We’re investing in capacity for the future, so these huge depots will be able to continue to grow for the next five years and beyond.
“The new super depots are kitted-out with state-of-the-art sorting technology, and they are up to four times as efficient as the depots they replace. The new locations also give our drivers better access to major road networks, improving our journey times. However, it is just as important to us that these new facilities are a great place to work. The sites are much larger which means we’ve got lots of room for staff to park as well as space for a staff canteen and shower facilities.”
November 19, 2015