DPD has opened a new distribution centre in Germany, which will eventually add 20,000 parcels per day to its capacity in the area.
Located close to the motorway in Mannheim, south-western Germany, the €10 million depot includes 5000 square metres of processing space.
The site will employ around 180 employees, initially shipping 16,500 parcels per day. It uses technology from BUDDE Fördertechnik.
The aim is to relieve pressure on the depot in the nearby Worms area, which had reached its capacity and offered no further space for expansion.
Daniel Ay said: “We see enormous potential in terms of converting our vehicles to environmentally friendly delivery, which we are already implementing in the form of cargo bikes in Heidelberg, for example.
“But it’ s not only the surrounding cities that are suitable for such a delivery service. Some peripheral areas are also potentially suitable for delivery by electronically operated vehicles.”
“By moving to Mannheim we are crossing the Rhine, which is a natural border. Until now drivers had to cross the river every morning – with a limited number of road bridges. We now save a lot of time because we’re 35 kilometres and therefore about half an hour closer to the delivery area, which also cuts down on travel distances and CO2 emissions.“