DPD Austria says it is responding to the rapid growth in the parcel market with an investment offensive that begins with the expansion of its depot network.
Rainer Schwarz, MD at DPD Austria, explained: “The Corona crisis has turned our industry upside down and brought parcel logistics into the focus of the economy. We are meeting the new and additional challenges with an investment offensive that the depot expansion begins, leads to the expansion of tours and culminates in innovations. In this way we are strengthening our position as a reliable and stable Austrian parcel service provider for our customers.”
The company will invest around €11m (US$13.3m) in the depots, in addition to the circa €40m (US$48.3m) it has put into buildings, cargo space, technology, security and its vehicle fleet in recent years. “This is for the expansion of the depots and the expansion of the conveyor technology in eight branches. This increases the sorting performance by around 30,000 parcels per hour. We are sure that with all these measures we will be able to cope well with the further growth in parcel volumes and thus be able to supply our customers’ sales markets again this year,” explained Schwarz.
The company will also expand its pickup network to a total of 2,000 locations, with the addition of a further 200 this year. Schwarz noted, “With this extensive network, we ensure that our customers can post, pick up or return a parcel within a maximum of 15 minutes.”