Coverage expanded nationwide in Germany: DPD delivers on Saturdays, too
•Launch of Saturday deliveries rounds off DPD's B2C services
•More than 80% of all consignees in Germany can already take delivery of parcels on Saturdays
•Saturday delivery for everyone: the few remaining areas will be added during the coming months
Aschaffenburg, 19May2015 – International parcel and express service provider DPD has turned Saturday into a normal day for parcel deliveries. More than 80% of people in Germany can already receive parcels delivered by DPD on six days a week in both rural and urban areas. In the course of the next few months DPD will now be completing its coverage of the remaining regions, ensuring that Saturday deliveries will be available everywhere in Germany. The expansion of Saturday deliveries nationwide is good news above all for those consignees who are normally not at home during the week and prefer not to take advantage of alternative delivery options.
"The successful launch of Saturday deliveries rounds off our services in the area of parcel shipping to private consignees", comments DPD CEO Boris Winkelmann, adding:"For many B2C shippers Saturday deliveries are a basic precondition, and not just in individuallocations but as a standard service to everyone.With nationwide Saturday deliveries DPD is opening up further growth potential on the B2C market."
In selected regions DPD has been offering Saturday deliveries for over a year now, and since May 2014 the service has been gradually extendedright across the country. By last September Saturdays were already a normal delivery day for around 30% of the population, but since the beginning of this year the service has been significantly extended once more and is now available to more than 65 million people.
Before the launch of Saturday as a normal delivery day DPD as a rule only made deliveries from Monday to Friday, with Saturday delivery available on request as an express service option. The reason for this is that DPD's original core business consisted of parcel shipping on behalf of business customers (B2B),and many commercial consignees could only be located from Monday to Friday.The Saturday delivery service is aimed predominantly at private consignees.
DPD's B2C offensive
At present every third parcel delivered by DPD is destined for a private consignee, and the company expects further strong growth in B2C shipping for the future. DPD is concentrating on those customers and shippers for whom maximum information flows and flexibility are a priority. In addition to Saturday delivery an important component of this strategy is a precise prediction of the delivery time window. Since July 2014 DPD has been able to notify consignees with an accuracy of within thirty minutes exactly when their parcel will be arriving.Consignees can see in real time on an online map how many stops the driver still has to make before he will be ringing the doorbell with their own parcel. Consignees are notified of the delivery the day before and have a wide range of options for redirecting the parcel if necessary - even up to 5 minutes before the delivery is actually made.
Image: Saturday deliveries are ideal for many private consignees who are rarely at home during the week.
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DPD in Germany is part of DPDgroup, the second-largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. Throughout Germany DPD has 76 depots and 6,000 DPD ParcelShops. A workforce of 7,500 and 9,000 delivery drivers are in daily operation on behalf of the company’s customers. Every year the No. 2 on the German parcels market ships around 320 million parcels – providing carbon-neutral transport operations at no additional cost to the customer.
Through innovative technology, local knowledge and dedicated customer care, DPD provides the best possible experience for both shippers and shoppers. DPD’s industry-leading Predict service is setting a new standard for keeping customers closely in touch with their delivery, with real time tracking of their delivery, a one-hour delivery window and a range of options for redirecting parcels.
As part of DPDgroup, DPD in Germany has access to over 16,000 local Pickup points across Europe, and delivers to 230 countries worldwide. DPDgroup’s 24,000 people work together to deliver over 3 million parcels each day. DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, a holding company owned by Le Groupe La Poste, which posted sales of €4.9 billion in the year 2014.
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