The UK's fastest-growing major parcel delivery company DPD has invested £10.2m on new depots in Dartford, Feltham, Radlett, Reading, Liverpool and Lincoln.
The new depots, which collectively are expected to create over 250 new jobs, will expand DPD's capacity to handle a significant increase in B2C parcel volumes generated by its hugely successful one-hour timeslot service, Predict.
The new state-of-the art, purpose-built facilities in Dartford, Feltham and Reading are replacements for existing DPD depots, while Lincoln, Liverpool and Radlett are brand new depot locations for the company.
Dartford: DPD has invested £2.5m in a new purpose-built, 36,000 sq ft depot to service customers in South London and parts of Kent. The new depot, which is located just off the QE2 Bridge, will also specifically serve the Bluewater shopping centre. The depot's increased capacity - from 2,000 to 8,000 parcels a day - means it can accommodate 50 new routes and take volume from DPD's depots in London Central, Croydon and Maidstone. When fully operational, the site will create 55 new jobs.
Feltham: The new £2.5m purpose-built depot expands DPD's capacity to manage the significant increase in parcel volumes in South London and helps support its depots in Southall and Croydon. The new 36,000 sq ft site gives DPD drivers easy access to the national motorway network via the M25, M4 and M3 and replaces the company's existing depot at The Camgate Centre in Stanwell. In addition to staff moving across from the old site, the new depot will create two new jobs.
Radlett: DPD will create up to 40 new jobs at its new £2.5m, 36,000 sq ft depot in Radlett, which is a brand new location for the company. When fully operational, up to 40 new jobs are expected to be created by the new-build facility. The location, close to the M1 and M25, was chosen to help manage increasing parcel volumes in North London, especially inside the M25, and West London.
Reading: To increase capacity to the west of the M25, DPD has invested £2.5m in developing a new 36,000 sq ft purpose-built depot in Reading. The new depot replaces the company's existing site on Commercial Road, which was over 20 years old, and is expected to create up to 47 new jobs. The investment will expand the coverage of the Reading depot with between 30 to 35 new routes created, reaching as far as Guildford, Henley, Maidenhead and Windsor.
Lincoln: DPD has invested £100,000 in developing a depot in Lincoln, a new location for the company. Up to 46 new jobs will be created at the new 27,500 sq ft facility which will take over a number of routes from DPD's Sheffield, Nottingham and Peterborough depots to improve the service out to the east coast as well as to some Doncaster, Grimsby and Retford postcodes.
Liverpool: DPD has increased its presence in the North West with the opening of a new Liverpool depot. The company has invested £100,000 in developing its first-ever depot in the city - a 27,500 sq ft facility - to service 55 new routes in the region. In addition to the new routes, Liverpool will help support DPD's existing depots in Warrington and Manchester which have seen increased volumes in recent years. When fully operational, DPD expects the depot will create 65 new jobs.
Dwain McDonald, DPD's CEO, commented: "The level of investment in our network this year is unprecedented. These new depots are part of our ongoing expansion, enabling us to increase our capacity and ensure we are always several steps ahead of the competition and the growing demand for our services.
"Our business has grown rapidly in the last few years due to the popularity of Predict and Follow My Parcel, but this level of investment in brand new locations and larger, purpose built depots makes a huge difference in terms of efficiency."