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DPD to launch autonomous delivery robots in Milton Keynes

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD is to commence autonomous robot deliveries in two Milton Keynes neighbourhoods, as part of a trial with AI-powered robotics and last mile delivery company, Cartken.

The DPD branded robots, which will operate out of the firm's Knowlhill depot, will navigate the city's traffic-free Redway network to access the residential neighbourhoods of Shenley Church End and Shenley Lodge.

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DPD funding of immense value - Forestry England on Wareham Forest two years on from devastating fire

Two years on from the devasting fire at Wareham Forest, money raised from parcel company DPD's recycling efforts is helping to regenerate vital habitats at the Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Since 2020, DPD has worked with Forestry England to help restore Dorset's Wareham Forest with support from its innovative Eco Fund.

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DPD UK CEO wins coveted CEO Today award

A year in to her role as DPD UK CEO, Elaine Kerr has been awarded "UK Leading Logistics Firm Executive of the Year 2022" by CEO Today Magazine.

Each year, CEO Today, recognises business leaders across every industry sector in the UK. Awards are given to the most successful, forward-thinking and innovative CEOs in business today.

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DPD confirms all-electric delivery status for 10 towns and cities and announces plans for five additional 'green' towns

All-electric target updated to 30 locations, two years earlier than planned


Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has confirmed that it is now providing an all-electric delivery service to 10 UK towns and cities and is aiming for 30 all-electric locations by the end of 2023 - that's five more than originally planned and two years earlier than expected.

In October 2020, DPD announced plans to create 25 all-electric towns and cities in the UK by 2025. In July 2021, Oxford became DPD's first 'green' city, with a fleet of 40 electric vehicles based at the new DPD Bicester eco-depot, delivering over 15,000 parcels a week across the city.

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More Time Needed - DPD delivers new accessibility initiative

Leading delivery firm DPD has launched a new initiative to further improve the delivery experience for parcel recipients. The More Time Needed option on the DPD app will enable customers to specifically flag to their DPD driver that they need more time to get to the door.

The DPD app, which is used by over 10 million households in the UK, already enables recipients to tailor their delivery preferences so that drivers are fully briefed before every delivery on details of their 'leave safe' place, or preferred neighbour, plus a number of other benefits including a handy 'You're next' notification.

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DPD teams up with Rock Fall for new sustainable footwear range
Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has partnered with innovative footwear brand Rock Fall to create a new range of sustainable safety boots for drivers and other workers that require protective footwear.

Rock Fall is the first safety footwear provider to be verified by the Vegan Society and the two new styles - the Rock Fall 'Fly' and 'Bantam' are S3 rated for safety but also contain up to 12 recycled plastic bottles in each pair. Both styles are equipped with fibreglass toecaps and a Kevlar midsole.

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DPD wins second green award in two weeks

Firm honoured at the 'Sustainability Oscars' for waste reduction and recycling


DPD has scooped its second green award in a fortnight, winning the Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year at the highly prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Awards, 2022.

The award follows hot on the heels of DPD being named ?Sustainable Business of the Year' at the Business Champion Awards in London.

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DPD named Sustainable Business of the Year at Business Champion Awards

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has been named Sustainable Business of the Year at the Business Champion Awards.

The firm was praised for its ability to adapt during the pandemic whilst continuing its sustainability mission. DPD has been a sector leader on fleet electrification with over 1,500 electric vehicles on the road in the UK every day and incorporated a whole raft of changes into its operation to make it as sustainable as possible.

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DPD teams up with HubBox for 'click & collect' first

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has partnered with retail tech company HubBox for an innovative new 'click & collect' initiative that will enable retailers to offer the option of a delivery straight to a customer's nearest DPD Pickup shop at checkout.

DPD's nationwide network of 6,000 Pickup shops includes big names like the Post Office, Sainsbury's, Homebase, Argos, Morrisons, Go Outdoors, Matalan and the Coop as well as a network of independent convenience stores.

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Forestry England and DPD announce four-year partnership to plant and restore woodlands across England

Forestry England and DPD today announced a four-year partnership to plant and restore woodland across England to tackle climate change and create positive benefits for local wildlife and communities. The partnership will focus on four separate woodland sites where DPD support will enable Forestry England to plant trees to create new woodland areas and carry out work restoring valuable established woodlands.

The partnership was officially launched at Colliers Wood near Manchester, the first site which will benefit from DPD's partnership support. This urban woodland covering just over 136 hectares is a much-used community green space on the site of a former coal mine. More than 4,000 new trees will be planted to increase the biodiversity of the woodland and expand the existing tree cover.

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DPD welcomes Britain's first Zero Emission Zone pilot

Leading delivery company DPD has welcomed Britain's first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot, launched in Oxford, saying it will bring long term benefits to the city, it's residents and the wider environment.

DPD was present at the launch with local driver Mohammed Bilal Khan, and his zero-emission MAXUS e DELIVER 9 electric van, one of over 40 EVs based at the firm's Bicester eco-depot, which serves the city. In total, DPD now has over 1,700 EVs on the road in the UK.

The ZEZ pilot will allow Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to gain useful insights before introducing a larger ZEZ covering most of Oxford city centre next year (2023), subject to further public consultation.

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DPD backs new Alder Hey Hospital Innovation Lab

Parcel delivery innovator DPD is backing a new innovation programme for Alder Hey Hospital to help transform Paediatric healthcare.

Run by specialists in corporate innovation, L Marks, Alder Hey's first start-up accelerator programme is designed to discover innovative solutions to support children, young people and their families.

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust provides care for over 330,000 children and young people every year. One of four stand-alone children's hospitals in the UK, it is a national centre for neuro and craniofacial surgery, a regional centre for burns injuries and a Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease. Alder Hey is the first accredited Investing in Children hospital in the UK.

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DPD UK finalises acquisition of CitySprint
DPD UK, part of DPDgroup, Europe's largest parcel delivery network, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of CitySprint, the UK's premier same day delivery company, following the recent approval of the transaction by the Competition and Markets Authority.

This completion makes CitySprint now part of DPDgroup and means that DPD UK's customers will now be able to access CitySprint's same day and specialist delivery services in the UK, while CitySprint will be able to offer its customers access to DPD UK's domestic next day and international expertise.

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DPD comments on CMA approval for acquisition of CitySprint

To be attributed to a spokesperson from DPD:

"We are delighted to have received confirmation from the CMA that the planned acquisition of CitySprint has been approved. We will be working closely with the CitySprint team in the coming weeks to finalise the transaction and we are looking forward to our future together and the opportunities that will bring."

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Notes to editors

The UK's favourite parcel delivery group: DPD has been voted top in MoneySavingExpert's consumer satisfaction poll for parcel delivery companies eight years running.

In April 2015, DPD was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one-hour delivery service, Predict.

In 2018, DPD opened the UK's first all-electric parcel delivery depot in Westminster. DPD currently has over 1,000 EVs on the road in the UK and in October 2020, announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025. In July 2021, Oxford became DPD's first all-electric city in the UK. Details of all of DPD's sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated green website: https://green.dpd.co.uk/

DPD is a member of DPD group, one of Europe's leading parcels groups, wholly owned by France's La Poste, the second largest postal group in Europe.

The company operates more than 10,000 vehicles from 84 locations and delivers over 300 million parcels a year.

DPD gears up for record Peak with new 150m super hub
DPD's new 150m state-of-the-art parcel hub in Hinckley, Leicestershire is set to be fully operational as part of plans for a record-breaking Peak.

The new hub is DPD's fifth in the UK and one of the largest fully automated domestic parcel hubs in Europe. It is also DPD's most eco-friendly and technologically advanced hub to-date.

Hub 5 features a Solar PV system with over 6,000 panels, providing an output of 2.4 MW. The power generated by the system will enable the hub offices to operate off grid during daytime working hours with the excess power exported back to the national grid to supply green energy.

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Alder Hey launches its first startup collaboration programme
Alder Hey Innovation Lab, run by L Marks and sponsored by DPD and Regatta will enable the world famous Alder Hey to partner with companies to maximise patient care and journeys

Today, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is launching its first start-up accelerator programme: Alder Hey Innovation Lab, run in partnership with corporate innovation specialists, L Marks. The Innovation Lab's first sprint has been sponsored by DPD and Regatta, who will be supporting start-ups along the journey.

Since its opening their new Alder Hey in the Park hospital and healthcare campus in 2015, Alder Hey has prided itself on providing the best possible healing environment for children and their families. Through the opening of its new state-of-the-art hospital, alongside a brand-new research, innovation and education centre, Alder Hey is one of the largest children's hospitals in Europe and is recognised as a world leader in children's healthcare and research. Alder Hey's ambition is to create a world leading centre of excellence offering outstanding care, developing leading-edge research, providing the highest standards of paediatric training and accelerating the impact of game changing innovation for children and young people.

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DPD scoops two awards at the road transport 'Oscars'

DPD took home two awards and increased its overall tally of Motor Transport Awards to 36 at a glittering ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

On a night when logistics companies and truck manufacturers were the main winners, DPD was the only parcel delivery company to see its name in lights, topping both the Customer Care and Apprenticeship of the Year categories at the road transport industry 'Oscars'.

The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the industry and recognise innovation, customer service, efficiency and quality. They are judged by an independent panel of experts drawn from the industry.

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DPD UK announces acquisition of CitySprint
DPD UK, part of DPDgroup, Europe's largest parcel delivery network and CitySprint, the UK's premier same day delivery company, today announce that CitySprint will become part of DPDgroup, subject to regulatory clearance.

This follows a period of growth for CitySprint, which has seen continued demand for its services as businesses require more urgent and time critical same day deliveries.

Once completed, DPD UK's customers will be able to access CitySprint's same day and specialist delivery services in the UK, while CitySprint will be able to offer its customers access to DPD UK's domestic next day and international expertise.

The existing CitySprint leadership team will remain in place.

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Oxford becomes DPD's first all-electric city

Sustainability leader DPD has confirmed that all future parcel deliveries in Oxford will now be made with only electric vehicles. On 27th July, Oxford will become DPD's first all-electric city, with 9 further UK 'green cities' to be confirmed this year.

Vision 25 is DPD's pledge to deliver 'green' to 25 major UK towns and cities, covering 25% of the UK population by 2025, and is backed by a 111m investment in electric vehicles. The initiative will deliver 42,000 tonnes of CO2 savings for the UK, or the equivalent of planting 170,000 trees by the end of 2025.

All Oxford parcel deliveries will be made from DPD's new, state-of-the-art Bicester eco-depot. The huge new 60,000 sq ft hub at Symmetry Park is DPD's first 'net zero carbon in construction' building, as regulated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). The depot has a fleet of 40 electric vehicles, and they will deliver over 15,000 parcels a week right across the city.

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DPD and ENSO team up to trial revolutionary EV tyres
The parcel industry sustainability leader DPD is joining forces with the electric vehicle (EV) tyre innovator ENSO to conduct full road trials of an innovative new tyre for commercial EVs, that are designed to reduce air and microplastic pollution.

The DPD/ENSO trial is a part of Transport for London's FreightLab Innovation Challenge, which is encouraging innovations that will tackle London's air pollution and road congestion due to increased freight movement in the Greater London area. The London FreightLab Innovation Challenge is backed by the Mayor of London.

Tyres are largely made of fossil fuels, and as they wear down emit more air pollution than tailpipes with tyre particulate matter (PM) pollution also making up 28% of all primary ocean microplastics. Tyre pollution is an even bigger problem for EVs as their increased weight and torque wears tyres faster, and so EVs often emit more tyre PM pollution than standard vehicles.

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Olympic champion unveils gold-standard eco-parcel depot

Double Olympic and nine times world champion track cyclist, Victoria Pendleton has officially opened parcel delivery firm DPD's new Bicester eco-depot - the most sustainable facility in the firm's UK network to-date.

As well as receiving a tour of the state-of the-art operation, Pendleton also launched the depot's green travel plan which includes 10 DPD branded cycles which will be available for staff to use when traveling to and from the depot. The travel plan aims to help reduce local congestion, and single occupancy car journeys.

The 60,000 sq ft hub at Symmetry Park, Bicester is DPD's first ?net zero carbon in construction' building, as regulated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). The new facility will see the firm relocate its existing staff from the current DPD operation in Bicester, and once fully operational, the giant distribution centre could create up to 250 new jobs.

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DPD scoops Oceansaver Award

We're delighted to say DPD has won the Oceansaver award from Waterlogic, which recognises our commitment throughout the organisation to reduce the quantity of single-use plastic bottles that are polluting the world's oceans.

DPD has saved over 1 million plastic bottles being used by giving all our people metal reusable water bottles and installing 90 refill stations across the network.

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DPD doubles EV fleet to almost 1,500 with UK's first MAXUS e DELIVER electric van order
  • DPD & MAXUS confirm initial deal of 750 e Deliver vans; e Deliver 9 & e Deliver 3;
  • Order includes 500 long wheelbase 3.5t electric vans;
  • DPD set to have over 1,700 EVs on the road by the end of 2021.

The parcel industry EV leader DPD has agreed a deal with vehicle manufacturer MAXUS for 750 e DELIVER electric vans, which will double the firm's total UK EV fleet.

The deal, which includes 500 long wheelbase 3.5t electric vans and 250 of the smaller e DELIVER 3, means that DPD's total EV UK fleet will be almost 1,500, with plans to extend that to over 1,700 EVs on the road by the end of the year.

DPD has purchased both the 72kw and longer range 88kw versions of the e DELIVER 9, giving the vans a far greater range than anything previously available in the UK. The 88kw version can cover over 200 miles on a single charge.

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Circular economy initiative helps fund restoration of vital habitat

DPD Eco Fund benefits Forestry England campaign in Wareham


A year on from a fire which devastated Wareham Forest, an innovative eco fund created by parcel delivery firm DPD is helping fund the restoration work.

In May 2020 a fire, believed to have been started by disposable BBQs, scorched heathland, destroyed woodlands and wiped-out critical habitats for wildlife across an area equivalent to the size of 350 football pitches.

Wareham Forest is a stronghold for wildlife and much of it is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is one of the few places where it is still possible to find all six of the UK's native reptiles, including the endangered smooth snake and sand lizard, and it is home to many rare species of birds and insects.

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DPD UK confirms appointment of Elaine Kerr as CEO

Leading parcel delivery company DPD UK has today confirmed the appointment of Elaine Kerr as CEO.

The appointment will take effect from 1 June 2021 and Elaine will report to Yves Delmas, Chief Operating Officer DPDgroup Europe.

Elaine has worked for DPD for over 28 years, joining as a Sales Executive based in the North West, followed by roles of Customer Relationship Manager and Head of CRM before being promoted to the DPD UK senior management team in 2008 as Director of CRM. In 2020, Elaine became Executive Director, Sales, CRM & Customer Services.

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Project BREATHE: DPD rolls out air quality monitoring across 6 UK cities

The UK's most sustainable delivery company DPD has announced the roll-out of a major new air quality monitoring programme across 6 of the biggest cities in the UK.

Project BREATHE is live in London already with 100 mobile air quality sensors on the roof of DPD vans and 20 fixed units on DPD PickUp shops close to schools and play areas. By the end of May, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff will join the ground-breaking initiative, creating a network of over 400 sensors in total, delivering 1.5m pollution readings a day.

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DPDgroup announces record year of growth and 5-year strategy
DPDgroup has revealed its 2020 results and announces its strategy for the next 5 years. Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, DPDgroup has become an essential ally in the delivery of vital goods for customers and businesses alike, resulting in a 42% increase in revenue growth compared to 2019. By 2025, DPDgroup aims to expand core activities, accelerate initiatives and conquer new horizons, through its plan named "Together & beyond."

I) 2020: DPDgroup has broken all records, leading to incredible figures

  • 11 billion Euros in revenue, a 42% growth vs. 2019
  • 35% of Le Groupe La Poste's revenue originated from DPDgroup in 2020
  • 1.9 billion parcels delivered worldwide, equivalent to 7.5 million per day (an increase of half a billion parcels vs. 2019)
  • Record peak day of 13.9 million parcels handled worldwide on Cyber Monday (30 November 2020)
  • More than half (55%) of the parcels delivered worldwide were B2C (+57% organic growth vs. 2019)
  • Doubling of profits from 2019 (800 million Euros)
  • Full integration of BRT in Italy and Jadlog in Brazil
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DPD to host virtual event on the challenges of clean air in cities

Parcel delivery firm DPD is to host a free, virtual panel discussion exploring the challenges of clean air in cities, on Thursday 25th February.

The event, in association with Green TV, will aim to address the urgent need for better air quality in our urban environments by sharing the latest research from DPD and other industry leaders and facilitating discussion with a panel of experts.

The panel discussion will be hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live's Rachel Burden and include: Dr Francis Pope, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham; Oliver Lord, Head of Policy & Campaigns, Environmental Defense Fund; Geraint Davies MP, Chair of APPG - Air Pollution; Olly Craughan, Head of CSR, DPD and Tom Byrne, Head of Sustainability, ASOS.

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DPD provides 1,000 new laptops for staff with children home-schooling

The UK's favourite parcel delivery group DPD has provided 1,000 new Chromebook laptops for members of staff with children studying at home.

As the country went into a third national lockdown and schools were closed, DPD made 200,000 available to support staff who have a child that is being home-schooled, but who didn't have their own device.

Staff were invited to apply for a new Chromebook if they had a child who would benefit, and 1,000 devices have now been delivered.

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DPDgroup tops MoneySavingExpert's customer satisfaction poll for eighth year running

The UK's favourite parcel delivery group DPD has been voted the best in the business for the eighth year running, in MoneySavingExpert.com's customer satisfaction survey.

Over 11,000 people took part in the poll on Martin Lewis' site to find the best (and worst) parcel delivery firms. Conducted just after the Christmas peak, the poll asked people to rate the performance of all the major UK delivery firms, based on their own experiences with each company over the past year.

MoneySavingExpert rank firms from best to worst based on the percentage of 'great' and 'OK' votes they get (awarding two points per 'great' percentage point and one point per 'OK' percentage point).

DPD Local finished the overall winner with 70.7% of voters rating their service as 'great', with DPD next on 67.9%. Both firms improved on their 2020 results.

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Green delivery to 25 UK towns and cities by 2025

Green delivery to 25 UK towns and cities by 2025

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025.

The move is part of a Europe-wide drive by DPDgroup involving 225 urban areas in 20 countries and is based on a delivery model trialled in many cities, including London. DPD has re-thought the way it operates last mile delivery by implementing micro and urban depots as well as other appropriate alternative delivery solutions.

The programme represents the acceleration of a pan-European ambition based on the know-how and expertise gained from the first cities where these initiatives were implemented. In total, it will mean more than 260 million parcls or 17% of the Group's volumes delivered by zero or low-emission vehicles by the end of 2025, with CO2 emissions decreasing by 89% and pollutants by 80% compared to 2020 in the targeted towns and cities.

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DPD teams up with Collect+ to expand parcel shop network

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has confirmed that over 3,000 Collect+ parcel shops are to be added to the DPD Pickup network, as part of a deal with PayPoint, the owner of Collect+.


The new deal will expand the DPD Pickup network to over 6,000 stores nationwide, with 3,000 Collect+ outlets being added. As a result, 97% of the UK population will now be within five miles of a DPD Pickup store.


DPD Pickup launched in 2015 and has grown rapidly since, both in terms of major store brands recruited to the network and parcel volumes. DPD customers can already divert parcels for collection to participating Sainsbury's/Argos stores, Matalan, Go Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Homebase and Doddle Click and Collect points in Morrison's by using the DPD app or the in-flight options in their parcel notifications.

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DPD UK takes top prize at international awards ceremony
Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has been named Service Provider of the Year at the Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards 2020.

Described as ?the standout performer', DPD scooped the top prize at the 12th annual awards, designed to recognise the most innovative developments in the postal and parcel industry. The award ceremony took place at Parcel+Post Expo Virtual Live event, on Tuesday October 13.

DPD UK won the Service Provider of the Year award ahead of an international shortlist including Australia Post, Omniva (Estonia Post) and LibanPost, the national post office of Lebanon. The judges praised DPD's rapid growth and position as the go-to carrier for retailers who value a personalised home delivery experience. The award also acknowledged DPD UK's Design Space, the in-app forum that consumers can join if they want to suggest, share and vote in polls on new ideas to improve the DPD experience.

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DPD make history with five road transport 'Oscars'

DPD becomes first firm to win five Motor Transport Awards in one year, twice

DPD made history at last night's Motor Transport Awards, beating off stiff competition to scoop five trophies at this year's road transport ?Oscars', held for the first time as a virtual event.

The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the industry and recognise innovation, customer service, efficiency and quality. They are judged by an independent panel of experts drawn from the industry.

For the first time in the award's 34 year history, the winners were announced via a special online broadcast, hosted by Motor Transport editor Steve Hobson, with the help of Alan Dedicoat, the "Voice of the Balls" on the BBC's National Lottery programmes.

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DPD scoop Transforming Retail Award with Delivery Innovation of the Year

The DPD app and Design Space wow the judges

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has been honoured with Delivery Innovation of the Year at the Retail Insider Transforming Retail Awards 2020.

The annual awards, which took place online this year, via Zoom, aim to highlight the most exciting innovations to happen in the retail sector over the past 12 months.

For the Delivery Innovation of the Year award, the judging panel of independent retail experts were looking for a technology that has helped retailers deal with one of the most troublesome aspects of their businesses: effective and cost-efficient delivery.

DPD won the award based on its unique and award-winning app, Your DPD. The app, which has been downloaded over 8 million times, is designed to give consumers more control than any other carrier over how, where and when they receive a parcel. As a result, DPD has been able to significantly increase the number of parcels delivered right first time.

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Volta Trucks and DPD bring full-electric large commercial vehicle parcel deliveries to London's Ultra Low Emission Zone
  • DPD due to commence trials of the Volta Zero, the world's first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle, in Q1-2021.
  • The Volta Zero selected by DPD to operate in London's Ultra Low Emission Zone and support its micro-depot strategy.



Volta Trucks, the Scandinavian start-up full-electric vehicle manufacturer, will soon start a pilot test of its forthcoming Volta Zero with DPD, the UK's leading parcel delivery service.

The Volta Zero will be tested by DPD within London's Ultra Low Emission Zone in Q1-2021, supporting their micro-depot strategy.

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DPD smashes EV target five months early with over 700 electric vehicles
The parcel industry leader, DPD, has smashed its own 2020 target for 10% of its van fleet to be zero emission, electric vehicles, five months ahead of schedule.

As a result, DPD now has the biggest, greenest delivery fleet in the UK. At the start of 2020, DPD had just over 130 EVs on the road and the rapid rise to becoming the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK has created enormous benefits already.

So far this year, DPD has delivered close to 5 million emissions free parcels, saving over 2 million kilograms of CO2. The firm estimates that, on its current zero emissions trajectory, it will deliver well over 10 million parcels on its clean, green fleet by the end of 2020.

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DPD teams up with iconic brand for testing ahead of van launch

The UK's leading next day parcel delivery firm, DPD, has confirmed that it is to partner with the London EV Company (LEVC) for a series of road trials ahead of the launch of the company's new VN5 Electric Van later this year.

LEVC, formally known as The London Taxi Company, is the brand behind the iconic London black taxicabs. The company created the world's first EV taxi in 2017, which was designed and manufactured at the firm's Coventry base - the first dedicated EV car plant in the UK.

The VN5 Electric Van is a 2.5 tonne low emissions vehicle and will be available in the UK in quarter four, 2020. The Range Extending Vehicle will offer a fully electric powertrain with a Pure EV range of 63 miles, and a total flexible range of over 300 miles.

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6,000 new UK jobs as DPD scales-up to meet 'new normal' demand from online retailers

6,000 new UK jobs as DPD scales-up to meet 'new normal' demand from online retailers

  • 200m of new investment includes vehicles and 15 new regional depots,
  • 2,500 new full-time jobs including depot, hub and management positions,
  • 3,500 new drivers being recruited nationwideLeading parcel delivery firm DPD has announced 6,000 new UK jobs and a major infrastructure investment in response to the unprecedented boom in online shopping caused by Covid-19.

The firm, which delivers for many of the UK's leading retailers, will invest 200m this year to expand its next-day parcel capacity, including 100m on vehicles, 60m on 15 new regional depots (10 more than originally planned in 2020) and the remainder on technology.

The new jobs will include delivery and HGV drivers, warehouse staff, management positions and support staff, including mechanics.

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DPD staff donate 45,000 care items to NHS hospitals nationwide

DPD staff donate 45,000 care items to NHS hospitals nationwide

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has helped turn a palliative care nurse's idea into a nationwide initiative to provide much needed welfare and treat packs for patients and NHS staff.

The new initiative - called NHS Thursday - will see thousands of welfare packs and food and treat packs collated and distributed by DPD, to 160 NHS hospitals nationwide. The items have been donated by DPD staff, either extra items that they had at home, or things they have been able to pick-up while doing their usual shopping.

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DPD provides free delivery service to supply 3D printed face shields to NHS

DPD provides free delivery service to supply 3D printed face shields to NHS

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has joined forces with 3DCrowd, the community of 3D printer owners who are using their machines to help alleviate the acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers.

Thousands of volunteers across the UK are giving up their time to use their 3D printers to make the components to create face shields - a full-face visor on a plastic headband - which protects the whole of the front of the face.

Food deliveries top 200,000 a week as DPD responds to COVID-19 emergency

Food deliveries top 200,000 a week as DPD responds to COVID-19 emergency

CEO welcomes Government clarification over 'essential' status of logistics
New Morrisons tie-up for next-day food box delivery

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD says it expects food and NHS deliveries to increase rapidly in the coming weeks, following a new tie up with supermarket giant Morrisons and additional deliveries to hospitals and other health sector locations.

The news follows the Department for Transport's (DfT) clarification that the work of the logistics sector is essential and should continue during the Covid-19 crisis.

DPD is now delivering Morrisons food boxes in addition to handling an increase in deliveries for existing food and recipe box shippers. Total food deliveries have topped 200,000 a week and DPD is planning for that number to rise significantly.

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DPD has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and following the advice issued by HM Government and Public Health England (PHE)

We can confirm that a number of precautionary steps have already been taken to protect our people and the service we provide. These measures include:

  • Issuing a clear travel policy to all our people that follows the latest guidelines given by HM Government.
  • Extensively communicated to all our people the importance of following basic hygiene protocols in line with World Health Organisation and PHE guidance.This particularly focusses on hand hygiene.
  • Issuing our driver workforce with sanitary hand gels and wipes.
  • Asking our drivers to use hand wipes to cleanse their handheld units at the point of delivery.

To date, DPD has had no suspected cases amongst our workforce, if we were to do so we would follow the advice issued by PHE and ask the individual to self-isolate for the required 14 day period.

We have had no suspected cases reported at any of our locations but if that did happen we would report this to PHE and follow the advice given.

Clearly this is a fast-moving situation and we will continue to monitor events very closely. Should circumstances change significantly we will issue further updates.

DPD boosts electric fleet to 600 with UK's first MAN Truck & Bus 3.5t right-hand drive electric vans
The parcel industry EV leader DPD has agreed a deal with vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus UK for 100 eTGE electric vans. The deal means that DPD will have the largest 3.5t electric van fleet in the UK, taking its electric fleet to 600 vehicles in total.

The 3.5t van is the workhorse of the parcel delivery industry, but until now, electric versions have not been widely available in the UK. DPD will take the first 100 eTGE's when they roll off the production line from June 2020.

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DPD takes delivery of 300 Nissan e-NV200 vans to create UK's largest EV parcel delivery fleet
The UK's favourite parcel delivery company DPD has confirmed it will take delivery of 300 new electric Nissan e-NV200 vans by May 2020, in what is believed to be the largest single UK commercial EV van order to date.

The order will take DPD's electric fleet to 450 vehicles in total, with plans in place to exceed the firm's stated target of 500 EVs by the end of the year, making it the largest EV parcel delivery fleet in the UK. DPD is aiming for 10% of its van fleet to be electric in each of its 68 UK depots by that point.

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DPD tops Money Saving Expert's customer satisfaction poll for seventh year running
The UK's favourite parcel delivery company DPD has been voted the best in the business for the seventh year running, in Money Saving Expert's customer satisfaction survey.

Almost 9,500 people took part in the poll on Martin Lewis' site to find the best (and worst) parcel delivery firms. Conducted just after the Christmas and January Sales peak, the poll asked people to rate the performance of all the major UK delivery firms, based on their own experiences with each company over the past year.

DPD finished the overall winner with 63% of voters rating their service as 'great'. What's more, after returns specialist Collect +, DPD's sister company DPD Local was next with a 56% 'great' score.

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Cyber Weekend

DPD UK records biggest ever Cyber Weekend

Parcel volumes up 13% on last year

DPD STOKE CYBER

The UK's number 1 domestic parcels carrier, DPD UK, has recorded its biggest ever Cyber Weekend, with parcel volumes up 13% on last year.

The company experienced record volumes of parcels in its four giant, automated sorting hubs each night in the week running up to Black Friday and right through the weekend.

DPD UK had a record number of delivery vans on the road over the weekend having recruited a significant number of new permanent drivers during the year in preparation for Cyber Weekend, and the company's growing fleet of electric vehicles made a significant contribution to the landmark effort.

Parcel volumes are expected to fall slightly now, before building to a second peak on 16 th December following the last major weekend of online Christmas shopping.

Dwain McDonald, DPD UK's CEO, praised his team, "It has been an incredible weekend. The whole team has been absolutely amazing. We have maintained our very high service standard, despite record volumes and that is something everyone should be very proud of. We start planning for Peak in January and we look at every single aspect of the whole process, but when it all comes together it is still a great achievement for everyone involved.

"Black Friday and Cyber Weekend are here to stay, and we fully accept that. We have had to adapt our plans significantly in recent years, but we work incredibly hard with our retail customers to ensure we can give them the same great service in November and December as we do over the rest of the year."

DPD UK received a boost just before Black Friday with two separate awards for its sustainable delivery strategy. The company collected a coveted Green Apple Environment Award for environmental best practice at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons, followed a couple of days later by a 'Fleet Heroes' award from the Energy Saving Trust.

DPD UK scooped the Sustainable Deliveries Hero category, topping a 6-strong shortlist featuring EV specialists Gnewt and Zedify. The award judges hailed DPD UK's innovative approach to zero emission deliveries via its central London micro-depots, as well as the nationwide rollout of EVs and highly proactive lobbying initiatives.

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Notes to editors

The UK's favourite parcel delivery company: DPD UK has been voted top in MoneySavingExpert's consumer satisfaction poll for parcel delivery companies six years running.

In April 2015, DPD UK was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one-hour delivery service, Predict.

DPD UK is a member of DPD group, one of Europe's leading parcels groups, wholly owned by France's La Poste, the second largest postal group in Europe.

The company operates more than 8,000 vehicles from 65 locations and delivers over 250 million parcels a year.

2019 National Business Award

DPD UK wins Customer Experience & Loyalty Award at the 2019 National Business Awards

The UK's number 1 domestic parcels carrier DPD UK has been honoured at the 2019 National Business Awards, winning the Customer Experience & Loyalty Award.

Astronaut Tim Peake was the keynote speaker at the ceremony in front of 1,200 business leaders, investors and representatives from Government and the press, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane.

The awards - known as the Oscars of UK plc' - are the UK's most prestigious business awards programme and attract entries from across the public and private sector. The awards are judged by an independent panel consisting of business leaders and industry experts.

Celebrating those organisations that consistently deliver exceptional customer experience with a positive impact to the bottom line, the Customer Experience & Loyalty Award is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic.

What the judges said about DPD UK:

"Revising their entire company strategy with the goal of providing the best customer delivery experience against their competitors has seen DPD UK streamline their services and logistics to make the whole process more transparent. Their award winning tracking app has placed them first-in-class against their global competitors."

The win maintains DPD UK's impressive track record at the National Business Awards. While the Customer Experience & Loyalty award was a brand new category for 2019, DPD UK had previously won the Customer Focus category in 2009, 2013 and 2016.

Dwain McDonald, DPD UK's CEO, commented; "This is another fantastic award win and it is a massive team effort. I must thank everyone involved, right across the company, for their hard work and dedication in giving our customers the best possible experience. We are the leaders in our sector, and we were the only parcel carrier shortlisted on the night amongst the 150 finalists, but the National Business Awards are still the one that everyone wants to win, so this means a huge amount to us."

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Notes to editors

The UK's favourite parcel delivery company: DPD UK has been voted top in MoneySavingExpert's consumer satisfaction poll for parcel delivery companies six years running.

In April 2015, DPD UK was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one-hour delivery service, Predict.

DPD UK is a member of DPD group, one of Europe's leading parcels groups, wholly owned by France's La Poste,
the second largest postal group in Europe.

The company operates more than 8,000 vehicles from 65 locations and delivers over 250 million parcels a year.

EAV

DPD UK takes delivery of another EV first with launch of EAV P1 cargo bikeThe UK's favourite parcel delivery company

DPD UK has taken delivery of the first 10 EAV P1 Electric assist cargo bikes - the result of a partnership with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV.

Five of the unique bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bikes are currently being tested on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five are being shipped to DPD UK business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France to help support British manufacturing and exporting abroad.

The purpose-built, quadracycle measures 2m long by 1m wide, weighs 75kg and can carry a 120kg payload. The 250 watt motor helps the rider accelerate to a maximum 15 mph. The P1 can cover a range of up to 60 miles in a day and over 100 parcel stops and then be recharged using a normal 13amp, 240v plug socket.

The bike's body is made from advanced composites which include the latest fully recyclable materials, for example; the fascia is made from a composite strengthened with hemp fibres stuck together with a resin based on the oil from cashew nut shells.


The EAV P1 is part of DPD's aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company and the leader in electric vehicles in the UK. In October last year, DPD UK opened the UK's first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and plans to have a fleet of 500 electric vehicles by the end of 2020.

Dwain McDonald, DPD UK's CEO commented, "The P1 is an absolutely amazing vehicle and we are immensely proud to be technical partners alongside EAV on this unique project. This is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.

"The early trials show that the P1 is performing really well and clearly has potential to be more efficient for us than traditional vans in certain locations. It is highly manoeuvrable, can carry a good day's worth of parcels and can often get closer to delivery addresses than the vans.

"We're on a journey with EVs and as usual, we are ahead of the pack. But it is uncharted territory, and the reality is that we are going to need to invest in new and different types of vehicles to solve new and different challenges. We know that the environment and climate change matter more than ever to our clients and the feedback we get when we share our EV vision with them is really positive."

Adam Barmby, founder and technical director at EAV commented, "It has been fantastic to work alongside DPD UK and to see our vision for the P1 realised. It is classed as an e-cargo bike, but really, we started from scratch and reimagined an entirely new type of vehicle to operate within the parameters of today's urban delivery market. It is a modular design, so we can extend or shorten the chassis and change the cargo configuration to fit the brief. In addition to the design flexibility, there is also a whole new set of efficiencies that we are tapping into here. Realistically, the P1 can move as fast or faster than a traditional van through many cities because of the different routing it can take."

DPD UK recently issued a White Paper calling on vehicle manufacturers, energy providers, national and local Government to start working together to tackle the barriers holding back more widespread EV adoption and investment.

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Notes to editors

The UK's favourite parcel delivery company: DPD UK has been voted top in MoneySavingExpert's consumer
satisfaction poll for parcel delivery companies six years running.
In April 2015, DPD UK was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique
one-hour delivery service, Predict.
DPD UK is a member of DPD group, one of Europe's leading parcels groups, wholly owned by France's La Poste, the
second largest postal group in Europe.
The company operates more than 8,000 vehicles from 65 locations and delivers over 250 million parcels a year.