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DPD gears up for record Peak with new £150m super hub
DPD’s new £150m state-of-the-art parcel hub in Hinckley, Leicestershire is set to be fully operational as part of plans for a record-breaking Peak.
The new 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.
Hub 5 features a Solar PV system with over 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 new giant hub is located close to J1 of the M69, just 2 miles from two other key DPD sites in the area; Hub 4 and the firm’s International Gateway, both of which opened in Sketchley in 2015.
The main hub building is over 500 metres long, 42 metres wide and occupies a 40 acre site. 3,000 metres of conveyor will enable the hub team to sort 72,000 parcels per hour.
It will be DPD’s most technologically advanced hub to date with over 300 security cameras and the very latest sortation technology with optical character recognition software and video coding to automatically scan address information.
Justin Pegg, Chief Operating Officer at DPD commented, “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.
“With Hub 5 we now have three of the largest fully automated parcel hubs in Europe. Over the last ten years we’ve invested in growing our network capacity, not only with the new hubs but also with close to 40 purpose-built, brand new regional distribution centres, giving us the most efficient parcel operation in the UK.”
Full details of all of DPD’s sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated green website: https://green.dpd.co.uk/
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Notes to editors
The UK’s favourite parcel delivery group: DPD has been voted top in MoneySavingExpert’s consumer satisfaction poll for parcel delivery companies eight years running.
In April 2015, DPD was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one-hour delivery service, Predict.
In 2018, DPD opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel delivery depot in Westminster. DPD currently has over 1,200 EVs on the road in the UK and in October 2020, announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025. In July 2021, Oxford became DPD’s first all-electric city in the UK. Details of all of DPD’s sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated green website: https://green.dpd.co.uk/
DPD is a member of DPDgroup, the largest parcel delivery network in Europe. DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, a holding company owned by France’s La Poste.
The company operates more than 10,000 vehicles from 84 locations and delivers over 300 million parcels a year.