DPDgroup extends Pickup network
DPD has announced that it has extended its Pickup network, with more than 20,000 Pickup points now available across Europe. In a statement issued on Wednesday (16 September) through the group’s Paris office, DPD commented: “SEUR in Spain and DPD in UK have been extending their parcelshop network nationwide since September 2015.
“While DPD UK already offers more than 2,000 Pickup points, SEUR is set to extend its network to 1,600 Pickup points by 2016.”
The company added: “Pickup is one of the densest PUDO (Pick-Up and Drop-Off) networks in Europe, boasting over 20,000 Pickup points in 13 countries (France, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Austria).
“This coverage allows 95% of Europeans to be within 15 minutes of a Pickup point. The Pickup network thus allows DPDgroup brands – DPD, Chronopost, SEUR and Interlink Express – to offer a highly effective delivery service to their customers.”
DPD said that it is keen to “keep innovating” and so “in addition to its ‘around-the-corner’ parcelshops delivery option which can handle up to 40 parcels a day, it now offers a comprehensive range of solutions that cater to current lifestyles”.
The company said that two solutions are “currently being tested in France before being rolled out at European level”. These solutions are:
- Pickup Station: a network of automatic lockers for parcel pick-up and drop-off. Each locker station can handle up to 100 parcels a day, said DPD, and most Pickup Stations are open 24/7. There are currently over 300 Pickup Stations operating across France.
- Pickup Store: according to DPD, “a solution able to handle over 100 parcels a day. Pickup Stores are located in very busy areas (train stations, metro/bus, malls, etc.), in which consignees are able to find
other products and services (grocery store, dry cleaner, etc.). The solution’s strength lies in
the fact that consignees can call in on their way home.”
Commenting on its plans for future European expansion, DPD said: “The next step of the roll-out will see DPD in Poland open its Pickup points. In addition, DPD in Russia will also extend its current 800 collection points all over Russia to 2,000 points next year, pursuing its strategic goal to become a leading service provider for the B2C segment.”