Yodel will open an additional 13 sites to handle the forecasted increase in parcel volumes during the peak Christmas period.
The additional sites will include seven satellite facilities, five standalone service centre, and a returns centre in the Midlands.
Recruitment for temporary workers for the new facilities began in September, leaving time for training.
The company will equip each site with a minimum stock of rock salt, snow shovels, ice melt, de-icer and scrapers ahead of the winter weather. It has also invested in snow ploughs to keep warehouse yards free from snow.
“The importance of the Christmas period cannot be underestimated and our planning for this year’s peak period began in January,” said chairman of Yodel, Dick Stead.
“As always we have planned for a harsh British winter and we are confident that we have developed contingencies to ensure that our service remains smooth whatever the weather.”
Yodel is also increasing deliveries to seven days a week throughout December, and will keep clients updated with daily performance levels and three-day weather forecasts, warning of potential issues.