DPDHL strengthens its parcel network in Germany
Deutsche Post DHL Group has opened a mega parcel centre in Bochum with a sorting capacity of up to 50,000 shipments per hour.
Together with the Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, and Bochum’s mayor, Thomas Eiskirch, Tobias Meyer, Corporate Board Member for Post & Paket Deutschland, Deutsche Post DHL Group, gave the official go-ahead for the new location in the heart of the Ruhr region.
The Bochum parcel centre, along with the Obertshausen parcel centre near Frankfurt am Main, which opened in 2016, is the largest DHL parcel centre in Germany and also one of the most efficient parcel centres in all of Europe.
When it reaches its full capacity in 2020, the new location will create a total of around 600 jobs subject to social insurance contributions and covered by collective agreements. As in the area of parcel and mail delivery, at the Bochum parcel canter, Deutsche Post DHL also works with directly employed employees in a co-determined company – thereby setting itself apart from many other companies in the industry. With currently more than 20,000 sorted items per hour, the Bochum parcel centre is already providing major support for the fast and reliable processing of shipments in the Ruhr region in the run-up to the 2019 Christmas period. The new parcel centre is thus also supporting Deutsche Post DHL’s ongoing quality initiative in Germany, which, in the current year, has already resulted in a significant reduction in the number of complaints and an improvement in the company’s customer-care service.
Tobias Meyer, Corporate Board Member for Post & Paket Deutschland commented: “With its high level of sorting performance and use of innovative technology, the Bochum parcel centre is making a major contribution to Deutsche Post DHL’s German parcel network. This will enable us to fulfil our service promise to our customers in the region even more reliably as shipment volumes continue to rise. At the same time, we are delighted to be able to create jobs subject to social security contributions and covered by collective agreements at a logistically advantageous location in the Ruhr region and thereby play our part in the development of the region.”
Meyer points out that DHL business customers in the region will also benefit from the immediate proximity to the new parcel centre as their shipments can be picked up at later times and still be delivered the following day throughout Germany.
Including the new location in Bochum, Deutsche Post DHL Group operates a network of 36 parcel centres in Germany, in which a total of around 1.2 million items can be sorted during every hour of operation. Deutsche Post DHL Group already ships an average of around five million parcel items for its customers nationwide every working day. On peak days before Christmas, the number climbs to as many as 11 million parcels per day.