DPD poised to reap benefits of Sainsbury’s connection
DPD’s CEO Dwain McDonald has said today (4 October) that he believes the recent addition of Sainsbury’s to the firm’s DPD Pickup parcel shop network will give it a “further advantage” during the Peak Christmas period. As Post&Parcel reported last month, Sainsbury’s is launching up to 200 new Click & Collect points in stores across the UK this year, and customers will also be able to pick up their DPD parcels from the Sainsbury’s stores.
Tablets will be available in all the new Click & Collect points to enable customers to ‘check in’ digitally, which will significantly speed up the time it takes from arriving in store to receiving parcels for collection.
DPD Pickup launched in June 2015 and customers can now collect parcels from over 2,500 DPD Pickup shops including Halfords, Doddle and the Rowlands and Numark Pharmacy chains.
In a statement sent to Post&Parcel this morning, DPD’s McDonald commented: “DPD Pickup has been a fantastic addition to the real time, in-flight options we offer customers, and Sainsbury’s fits perfectly with what we are trying to do. The in-store experience is excellent and DPD customers will have the reassurance of knowing their parcel has been securely stored for them. In addition, they will have the convenience of parking, the new speedy Click & Collect digital checkouts and being able to do other shopping at the same time.
“With Peak approaching, this is another important development for us. I think click & collect is going to be huge again this Christmas and when you can select your local Sainsbury’s from the list of available DPD Pickup stores, you can just see people combining that with a bit of Christmas food shopping or some last minute gift buying.”