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DPD will be ‘first UK national carrier to deliver on Sundays’

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DPD says it is becoming the first national carrier to offer seven-day a week services, as it adds express Sunday deliveries.

From July 20 it will be able to collect from business customers on Saturday for next-day Sunday delivery between 9am and 5pm that day to 98% of the UK population. Online retailers taking Friday orders will also be able to offer Saturday or Sunday deliveries.

The service will also include DPD’s one hour Predict timeslot deliveries, where parcel recipients are notified by text or email of their one hour delivery timeslot in advance, and can then track their driver in real-time all the way to their front door.

“We know from talking to retailers and recipients that there is a real demand for Sunday deliveries, said Dwain McDonald, DPD chief executive.”The majority of our larger customers in the retail sector are moving to a 24/7 operation, so we wanted to make sure that they have a trusted delivery partner that can provide a full collection and delivery service every day of the week too.

“Saturday has long been the busiest retail day of the week, but with the blurring of the offline and online retail boundaries it can now also be the busiest day for e-tailers. Therefore it is very appealing for e-tailers to be able to offer next-day delivery for those customers who buy on a Saturday.

“The launch of DPD’s one hour timeslot service Predict was a game-changer for the delivery market. Now customers are far less tolerant of having to wait in all day for a standard courier to turn up. But the market has moved on and shoppers want immediate delivery, seven days a week.”

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