DHL to build ‘mega parcel centre’ near Brandenburg

Deutsche Post DHL Group is building a new 165,000 sq m “mega parcel centre” in Ludwigsfelde near Brandenburg, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
Capable of sorting about 50,000 shipments per hour, the new facility will support DHL’s two existing centres located in nearby Rüdersdorf and Börnicke.
Jürgen Gerdes, board member for the group’s Post-eCommerce-Parcel division, said: “The parcel market is still growing rapidly due to the e-commerce boom, in particular. 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.
“The new parcel centre that we are now setting up is in a region with particularly strong parcel growth; indeed it represents an essential component of our strategy,” he said.
The company already has a combined sorting capacity of more than 1 million parcels per hour across its 34 parcel centres, and expects average annual parcel growth of 5-7% percent until 2020.
In 2016, Deutsche Post DHL Group commissioned its largest parcel centre to date, in Obertshausen, which also has a sorting capacity of 50,000 shipments per hour. In the summer of last year, construction work began on a similar facility in Bochum, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2019.

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