DPD opens Europe's largest parcel hub

Background image: HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP presents the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 to Dwain McDonald.

Europe's largest and most technically advanced parcel sorting hub has been officially opened in Hinckley, Leicestershire, by DPD.  The £100 million state-of-the-art sortation facility will create around 1,000 new jobs

More than 400 guests, including representatives of many of the largest retail names in the UK, attended the ceremony and witnessed Philippe Wahl, Chairman and CEO of La Poste, perform the official opening.  Leicester-born footballer and television presenter Gary Lineker was the guest of honour.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP, was also on hand to present DPD with the Queen's Award for Enterprise, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

The giant new superhub – which is capable of sorting 720,000 parcels per night – was delivered on time and on budget and will be fully operational ahead of this year's Black Friday and Christmas peak period.

Dwain McDonald, DPD's CEO, commented; "Our new Hinckley superhub is an absolutely stunning building and the whole project is a credit to everyone involved.

“I'm incredibly proud of my team and what we have achieved, so it was real honour to be able to invite Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Gary Lineker and our retail customers to see the facility for themselves.

"The superhub is way beyond anything else in the UK and gives us significant scope to expand in the next few years.  We've been consistently investing in our network and growing our capacity for some time now to ensure we stay well ahead of the increasing demand for DPD's services.

“We've also opened around 20 new depots in the UK in the last two years, half of them being brand new purpose-built developments.  But Hinckley is the clearest signal yet of our intent.

"Our retail customers already know the quality of our service compared to the rest of the next-day delivery market, today they also saw the scale of our ambition and the level of investment we are making on their behalf."