DPD Slovenia has opened its first city depot in the center of the country’s capital, Ljubljana.
The depot is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm, and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. It includes a dressing room to enable customers to try on clothes or shoes they have ordered online and return them immediately if they do not like them. Customers redirect their packages to the new city depot with the help of the myDPD mobile app and pick them up when they choose.
The new city depot has been designed to accommodate the increased volume of shipments during the peak season and enable sustainable city deliveries by getting as close as possible to recipients and senders of packages and thus reducing CO2 emissions. To do this, DPD Slovenia has adjusted its business and operational processes alongside expanding its depot network.
Overall, the DPD group plans to deploy 7,000 vans powered by alternative fuels and open 80 new city depots across Europe. This is designed to enable the group to exclusively use no-emission or very low-emission vehicles in 225 European cities by 2025. Therefore, DPD will be phasing out motor vans and introducing bicycles alongside opening more urban depots like the one in Ljubljana.
Igor Jakovljević, director of DPD Slovenia, said at the depot’s opening, “DPD is developing sustainable urban logistics solutions, such as urban micro depots, which enable us to be closer to the recipients and senders of packages. We use sustainable delivery methods, such as environmentally friendly vehicles, bicycles and delivery on foot. Thus, DPD is effectively tackling the challenge of modern times, the phenomenon of e-commerce, which has led to a significant increase in the number of packages in urban centers, where we are also facing increasingly stringent traffic regulations and restrictions.”
He continued, “The pursuit of green delivery is a long-term goal of DPDgroup. Our goal is to become a chosen partner to potential customers and the city administration and to participate in sustainable development programs, thus maintaining a clean environment. At DPDgroup, we believe that ‘we all share the #SameAddress’, so we need to protect the planet, our common home.”
Jakob Bertole, business director at DPD Slovenia, said, “In accordance with these goals, we opened the first city depot in Slovenia. DPD City Depot is in the very center of Ljubljana, which is why we are practically neighbors to our customers. We are aware of our responsibility to the environment and our children, so we want to be the most sustainable delivery company in Europe. We have decided to contribute to the reduction of harmful emissions in the largest cities. With our DPD delivery, we are thus contributing to a cleaner Ljubljana.”