DPD expands its Depot Network
Prague, December 2014
In order to cover different regions sufficiently, while ensuring the fastest possible delivery of ordered goods to customers, DPD is expanding its network of depots nationwide. The transport company, whichis constantly working to increase its distribution network capacity and at the most important time of the year for businesses, has opened two new depots.
The Christmas season is a key period for most e-tailers and other companies to do business, putting increasing demands on the number of parcels that have to be delivered. DPD has spent several months preparing, and in line with growth seen in the volume of forwarded shipments during the entire year, it expects an increase of 20% in demand at Christmastime compared to last year. "The trend in recent years has been toward a rising share of B2C parcels in the transport network, with the actual holiday peak concentrated in an ever shorter period just before Christmas,"said Daniel Mares, CEO of DPD CZ, adding: "We have to be well prepared for the increase and not let extreme winter weather, unforeseen problems and fluctuations in the quality of services intervene in our plans."
The distribution network, which currently includes14 depots and one central distribution hub,was completed by a building with a total surface area of 800 m2 in Olomouc, whose capacity is the largest at DPD. The new site has 36 gates for couriers and technologies to handle shipments up to 80 meters long, significantly increasing distribution capacity in the region. The depot can also be expanded a further 600 m2 to increase distribution capacity by a further 30%.
In November, a third Prague depot was built near the Štěrboholy interchange to facilitate transport around Prague 8, Prague 9, Nymburk and Mladá Boleslav. Among other things, this strategically important location offers incredible opportunities for future growth. The best equipped depot is located in Brno, which moved in the autumn to new quarters. This 2,400 m2 hall is equipped with a 500 m conveyor, four pre-carriage modules, four telescopic belt conveyors and six gravity telescopic conveyors. More than 16 million Czech crowns in total were invested into the technology.
The newly opened depots in Prague and Brno, together with greater capacity at the Olomouc depot, allows more parcels to be forwarded, while investment into modern technologies guarantees easier handling and more efficient transport from one vehicle to another, and ultimately faster deliveries to customers.