Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

DPD opens four sites to meet home delivery growth

Parcel firm DPD has opened four new depots set to collectively create 125 new jobs, as part of a £3.7 million investment.

The new sites in Sheffield, Norfolk, Teesside and Smethwick will expand the company’s capacity, to enable it to handle a significant increase in B2C parcel volumes.

The three acre Norfolk facility, which DPD says will create around 45 jobs, will include a 36,000 sq ft depot which will handle the distribution of goods across East Anglia. The site’s distribution area has been extended to Ipswich and Felixstowe, replacing the company’s two Thetford-based facilities.

Its new purpose built 36,000 sq ft building in Sheffield will create five new jobs and use the latest sorter technology, hoping to provide an improved operation, while its Smethwick site will create 45 new jobs and aim at improving the company’s service in the Midlands.

The 26,000 sq ft depot in Teesside will help manage increased parcel volumes across the Northern region and service 55 new routes, which DPD expects to help create 30 jobs.

“Our new purpose built depots give us a huge advantage in terms of vehicle access and sorter technology, meaning we can increase the number of parcels we handle and service more routes cost effectively, said chief executive officer Dwain McDonald.

“This scale of investment in infrastructure, technology and people, is key to ensuring that we continue to provide top quality service to customers now and in the future.”