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DPD Germany : ceremony for new parcel sorting centre

A 23 million euro investment: ground-breaking ceremony for new DPD parcel sorting centre in Melsdorf near Kiel (Northern Germany)


•  Symbolic start to construction with Mayor of Kiel Dr. Ulf Kämpfer

•  Start of operations planned for the summer of 2019

•  Melsdorf will employ a workforce of up to 300


Kiel/Aschaffenburg, 14 August 2018 – Parcel and express service provider DPD Germany has celebrated the start of construction for a new parcel sorting centre in Melsdorf near Kiel with a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony. DPD is investing around 23 million euros in its new location in the Rotenhof intermunicipal business park. The new parcel sorting centre is scheduled to go into operation in the summer of 2019, and in the medium term up to 300 workers will be employed here. The new building replaces the previous DPD depot in Schleswig, and will also be responsible for other delivery areas that have so far been served from neighbouring depots.


In northern Germany our new parcel sorting centre will very soon be one of our most important facilities," explained Thomas Ohnhaus, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at DPD Germany. "With this new location we'll be able to offer an even better service to customers and consignees in the region. At the same time the new facility will lay the essential groundwork for enabling us to cope with the strong growth in our parcel volumes in the long term, too."

Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Mayor of the state capital Kiel, added: "The establishment of the DPD location here is a benefit to the Kiel region, both in terms of our economy and of the labour market. We look forward to welcoming DPD to our intermunicipal business park soon."

Andreas Brockhaus, Managing Director of LIST Bau Nordhorn, stated: "As the general contractor we are constructing a turnkey property here in Melsdorf that meets all the requirements of a modern and sustainable logistics facility." As a long-standing partner to DPD, LIST Bau Nordhorn is currently also the general contractor for the new DPD depot in Hamm in Westphalia, while most recently the company also supervised DPD construction projects in Steinen in Baden and in Nagold south of Stuttgart.

After the initial start-up phase around 40,000 parcels will be handled in Melsdorf every day. Up to 160 delivery vehicles will be in daily operation on behalf of shippers and consignees in the region. The new depot will support and relieve the neighbouring DPD locations in Osterrönfeld, Lübeck and Norderstedt. In line with the restructuring of the region's delivery areas DPD is closing the Schleswig depot, which has a comparatively low capacity.

The parcel sorting centre in Melsdorf will be a particularly energy-efficient location: in its state-of-the-art sorting equipment DPD attaches great importance to fuel-efficient motors and drive systems. Heating and cooling is provided by energy-efficient heat pump technology, while the energy-saving LED lighting can be flexibly controlled. DPD's environmental and energy management system is certified according to the DIN 14001 and DIN 50001 standards. The new location will ensure shorter delivery distances than before, and correspondingly reduce the volume of transport-related CO2 emissions. In addition, DPD Germany has committed itself to completely carbon-neutral parcel shipping.


Facts and figures: DPD in Melsdorf near Kiel:

•  Start of operations: planned for the summer of 2019

•  Investment: approx. 23 million euros

•  Overall site area: 41,660 m²

•  Built-up area: 8,551 m²

•  Vehicle area: 22,224 m²

•  Employees: approx. 300

•  Daily parcel volume: approx. 40,000 parcels/day


About DPD Germany

DPD Germany is part of DPDgroup, the second-largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. Throughout Germany DPD has 78 depots and 6,000 Pickup parcelshops. A workforce of 9,500 and 11,000 delivery drivers are in daily operation on behalf of the company’s customers. Every year the No. 2 on the German parcels market ships around 375 million parcels – providing carbon-neutral transport operations at no additional cost to the customer.

Through innovative technology, local knowledge and dedicated customer care, DPD provides the best possible experience for both shippers and shoppers. DPD’s industry-leading Predict service is setting a new standard for keeping customers closely in touch with their delivery, with real time tracking of their delivery, a one-hour delivery window and a range of options for redirecting parcels. In recognition of this innovation DPD Germany received several awards like the Digital Transformation Award or the UX Design Award.

As part of DPDgroup, DPD Germany has access to over 32,000 local Pickup points across Europe, and delivers to 230 countries worldwide. DPDgroup’s 38,000 people work together to deliver more than 4.8 million parcels each day. The sole shareholder in DPD is GeoPost, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Le Groupe La Poste. GeoPost posted sales of €6.8 billion in the year 2017.

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