Deutsche Post DHL Group is to build a new mega parcel centre in the town of Ludwigsfelde in Brandenburg, just outside Berlin, which will be able to sort around 50,000 shipments an hour and will complement its two existing centres in nearby Rüdersdorf and Börnicke.
The 165,000 sq m centre is due to go live in 2020 and will create around 600 new jobs.
“The parcel market is still growing rapidly due to the e-commerce boom, in particular,” said Jürgen Gerdes, board member for the post – ecommerce parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
“We are making our network even tighter, and continuously investing in the efficiency of our parcel infrastructure in order to carry on offering our customers the same high service quality in terms of speed and reliability in the future,” he said.
The company already has a sorting capacity of more than 1 million parcels per hour in its 34 parcel centres – and Deutsche Post DHL Group expects average annual parcel growth of between 5-7% until 2020.
Construction is due to start in summer 2018. Last summer construction work began on the similarly high-performance parcel centre in Bochum, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2019.
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