The operator said the new hubs would expand DPD’s capacity to respond to a significant increase in B2C volumes, driven by its one-hour time slot service, Predict.
DPD will create up to 70 new jobs with the opening of its new 4,500sq metre depot in Southwark, aimed at easing the pressure on the company’s existing depots in the capital at London Bridge and Kings Cross.
The operator has commissioned a £2.3 million purpose-built 4,000sq metre depot to replace its existing warehouse at Chandlers Ford in Southampton. DPD said the relocation of the depot would improve links to the motorway and make it easier for customers to collect parcels. Up to 30 new jobs will be created to cover new routes.
In addition, DPD will open a new 2,700sq metre depot on the West Pitkerro industrial site in Dundee. The company currently operates from four depots in Scotland - two in Glasgow, then Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The £500,000 hub will create 50 new jobs to service up to 50 new routes.
DPD CEO Dwain McDonald said: “In recent years we have seen an unprecedented increase in our parcel volumes, due mainly to Predict. The new depots will improve our capacity and are further evidence of DPD’s ongoing investment in our infrastructure.
“Deliveries on behalf of the e-commerce industry now represent half of our business and we expect this growth in e-retailing to continue to go from strength to strength.”