Parcel delivery company DPD has opened its largest ever depot at EuroCentral, near Glasgow, creating 65 new jobs initially, with more in the pipeline.
The new 70,363 sq ft Distribution Centre (DC) was officially opened by the MP for Airdrie and Shotts, Neil Gray and DPD's CEO Dwain McDonald.
The facility, which is capable of processing over 45,000 parcels a day, is part of DPD's ongoing investment programme to expand network capacity and improve efficiency. It is DPD's 31st purpose-built new depot since 2012.
The EuroCentral DC will enable DPD to further optimise delivery routes around Glasgow and the Central Belt, with 117 new routes introduced to improve efficiency and ensure the operation can handle the parcel volume growth predicted in the area through to 2025.
Recruitment has been underway for a number of months, and in total the site could create up to 200 new jobs when it is fully operational. The new jobs will be in a range of roles including drivers, operations and warehousing.
The investment in the new EuroCentral DC follows a period of sustained growth, with DPD experiencing double digit annual parcel volume increases for a number of years.
The firm also recently reported a 40% year on year increase in weekend parcel volumes, while the unique Your DPD app, which enables consumers to personalise their DPD experience, now has 3 million users in the UK.
Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD, said: "It was fantastic to welcome Neil Gray MP to open of our new EuroCentral Distribution Centre - to show him first-hand the scale of our operation, talk to the team and discuss our plans for further recruitment in the area. The new DC is stunning and it is both our biggest ever depot and our most technologically advanced. We've gone from 36,000 sq ft new-builds back in 2012 to over 70,000 sq ft here today. Doubling the size means we not only increase our capacity overnight, but we've also got room to carry on growing, to ensure we continue to maintain the high level of service our Scottish customers have come to expect from us.
"We've invested heavily in Scotland in recent years with a big new DC in Edinburgh and a purpose-built depot in Aberdeen. The investment in new larger, fully automated, purpose-built facilities in the last six years has made a huge difference to our operational efficiency across the network. Some of our new-builds have replaced existing, older DPD depots, but around half of them have been brand new locations for us, like this one.
"The scale of our investment is unprecedented in the sector. We've now built 31 brand new depots in the last six years with more in the pipeline, and we are about to start work on our second giant SuperHub in three years at Hinckley in Leicestershire."
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