Construction begins on DPD’s HUB Eindhoven
DPD has announced that construction has started on its new HUB Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
The distribution centre is being built at the Westfields business park in Oirschot.
In a statement issued this month, DPD said: “HUB Eindhoven will initially cover an area of approximately 88,000 square metres and will be extended by a further 36,000 square metres at a later stage. This ties in seamlessly with the growth expected. All 500 employees at the current location in Best will relocate to HUB Eindhoven at the beginning of 2019.”
Rick Pardoel, Manager Real Estate DPD Netherlands, commented: “Our new sorting machine, which we use to process 50.000 parcels per hour, is the beating heart of DPD. It formed the starting point for the design of the distribution centre, which is a complete reversal of the traditional approach to new-build projects. Normally, the building is constructed first, after which attention turns to where to position machines. The new HUB will enable us to respond to opportunities for growth, demand from the market and peak volume.”
Eric Dietz, CEO DPD Netherlands, added: “We are very happy to have reached this point. After many years of planning, the ball has now actually started to roll.
“We have taken the opportunity that this new-build project is presenting us with to subject our processes to a close critical examination. This is our chance to put limitations behind us and construct a building that will give us the best possible chance of achieving our ambitions for the future.
“The new location will give us the opportunity to continue to grow. We will be able to process more parcels, provide more clients with a high-quality service and expand our (logistics) network at an international level. We can’t wait to start using this hyper modern building, in which the emphasis will be on efficiency, safety and the achievement of the highest level of sustainability possible.”
Meanwhile, DPD has also announced that it is working with Fietskoeriers.nl to offer bike deliveries in Eindhoven. According to DPD: “Fietskoeriers.nl is now delivering parcels to four areas of Eindhoven, using electric cargo bikes for standard parcels and an electric car for big parcels. Delivering parcels to a growing number of customers every day, DPD is reducing its impact on roads via its cooperation with Fietskoeriers.nl.”