DPD prepares for record peak season with new £150m super hub

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DPD’s new superhub in Hinkley, Leicestershire, is set to be fully operational in time for a record peak season.

The new parcel hub is DPD’s fifth in the UK and one of the largest fully automated domestic parcel hubs in Europe. It is also DPD’s most eco-friendly and technologically advanced hub to-date.

The facility features a Solar PV system with more than 6,000 panels, providing an output of 2.4 MW. The power-generated by the system will enable the hub offices to operate off grid during daytime working hours with the excess power exported back to the national grid to supply green energy.

The main hub building is 40 acre site. 3,000 metres of conveyor will enable the hub team to sort 72,000 parcels per hour.

Justin Pegg, Chief Operating Officer at DPD said: “To have Hub 5 open and fully operational going into the Black Friday and Christmas period is fantastic news for the operation and for our customers. Our giant hubs in Hinckley and those in the West Midlands give us the capacity and the flexibility we need to manage the significant volume and the major peaks at this time of year.  We are planning for record parcel volumes again this Christmas and we have been able to prepare for those volumes with Hub 5 in mind.”

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