European parcel delivery company DPD Germany has invested EUR 20m in a new parcel sorting centre in Nuremberg.
The new facility in the Bayernhafen district has now started up, with the capability to process up to 15,000 parcels each hour, about twice the capacity of the depot it replaced.
The Nuremberg site has always been a major hub for DPD, particularly with its role coordinating cross-border shipments to the Czech Republic and Italy.
DPD said as parcel volumes increase it was expecting to create jobs at the site beyond the 380 currently employed there.
“This investment of €20 million makes Nuremberg an even more important hub in the international DPD network”, states DPD CEO Arnold Schroven, adding: “In addition, the environmentally-friendly construction of the Nuremberg facility will act as a model for DPD’s future building projects.”
After a 12-month construction period, the Nuremberg hub now features a 12,700 square metre hall and 37,200 square metre yard, with around 180 delivery vehicles operating from the site.
DPD’s new depot in Nuremberg makes use of sustainable technologies to minimise its carbon footprint
DPD said in building the new depot, it used sustainable building technology including a geothermal heating and cooling system, low-carbon lighting system and a roof ready for the installation of solar panels that will provide energy for the facility.
“The construction methods used at the Nuremberg depot are an excellent example of how we intend in future to reduce the emissions caused by DPD,” said Schroven. “Thanks to pilot projects in the fields of electro-mobility and rail transport Nuremberg has for many years been a model facility in terms of sustainability.”
DPD, part of La Poste’s GeoPost parcel delivery subsidiary, is in the process of introducing a “Total Zero” programme that will make its services carbon neutral from July.
Source: Post&Parcel/DPD Germany