29. August 2019 | Press release

Milestone in Hamm, Westphalia: start of operations at DPD's largest parcel sorting centre in Germany

  • From 7 September around 80,000 parcels per day will be handled on an area of 122,000 square metres

  • DPD Germany invests more than 50 million euros

  • In the final phase more than 800 workers will be responsible for sorting approx. 200,000 parcels a day

Hamm/Aschaffenburg, 29 August 2019 – With a major opening celebration yesterday, Wednesday, DPD Germany celebrated the completion of a new parcel sorting centre in Hamm. This is a new milestone for the international parcel and express service provider: the new parcel sorting centre in North Rhine-Westphalia is the largest depot DPD has ever built in Germany. From 7 September onwards around 80,000 parcels per day will initially be handled on an area of 122,000 square metres. This volume will be gradually increased to 200,000 parcels. Initially, more than 350 workers will be employed in Hamm, rising to over 800 when the final expansion is completed.

“We’re very proud of our new parcel sorting centre in Hamm, which is an important building block in the management of our future volume growth. For our Germany-wide network the facility sets new standards in terms of performance and flexibility. In addition, our new depot is also characterised by highly sustainable construction and technological features.”

Boris Winkelmann, CEO DPD Germany

The new parcel sorting centre also offers clear advantages from the point of view of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia: “E-commerce is booming. In North Rhine-Westphalia, too, people are increasingly shopping on the Internet. And this requires the appropriate infrastructure,” says Karl-Uwe Bütof, Director of the “Innovation and Markets” section of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy. “It is therefore encouraging not only that we are in a position to offer large logistics areas, but also that companies like DPD are investing in our federal state and thus strengthening our status as a business and logistics location.”

Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann, Mayor of the city of Hamm, adds: “I am pleased that we have been able to persuade a major company with international operations to locate in Hamm. As a city this will enable us to expand our economic profile and at the same time create new jobs. At the end of the day local people will also benefit from this development.”

The superlative facility was completed after a construction period of just under one and a half years. LIST Bau Nordhorn, DPD’s long-standing partner, was responsible for the construction work. Buildings with a total area of 17,300 square metres were erected on the 122,000 square metre site. The new parcel sorting centre in Hamm will replace the previous regional parcel depot in Unna-Königsborn. In view of DPD’s strong growth rates the capacities there were no longer anywhere near sufficient. However, DPD is not completely withdrawing from Unna: the trans-regional distribution centre in the Unna industrial park will remain. From 7 September 2019 the Hamm location will not only serve shippers and consignees in the region, but will also be an important DPD trans-regional hub.

The core of the new depot is a high-performance sorting installation. In its final stage it will be able to process up to 30,000 parcels per hour fully automatically. Even during the start-up phase as many as 17,500 parcels per hour can be sorted. The sorting installation was supplied by BUDDE Fördertechnik, a long-standing partner to DPD. The conveyor system, which was installed in just 10 months, has a total length of more than 7.5 kilometres. DPD attaches great importance to low-consumption and low-noise motors and drives.

There is also a clear focus on energy efficiency in other areas of the facility. Lighting energy, for example, is reduced to a minimum by installing strip lighting and LED technology. Heating is provided by a gas heat pump in conjunction with an innovative Zortström storage system for optimum, sustainable and economical heating and cooling of buildings. DPD’s environmental and energy management system is certified in accordance with DIN 14001 and DIN 50001, and DPD Germany has also committed itself to transporting all parcels in completely carbon-neutral shipping.

Impressive films about the new depot in Hamm are available on Youtube for inclusion in reporting:

Facts and figures on the new DPD depot in Hamm:

  • Start of operations:                      7 September 2019

  • Investment cost:                           over 50 million euros

  • Site area:                                           122,000 m2 = approx. 16 times the size of the
                                                                  Borussia Dortmund football pitch

  • Paved yard area:                            58,000 m2

  • Building area:                                  17,300 m2

  • Workforce:                                       over 800 in the final stage, 350 on start-up

  • Daily parcel volume:                     200,000 parcels per day in the final stage

                                                                           (80,000 initially)

  • Sorting capacity:                            30,000 parcels an hour in the final stage

                                                                           (17,500 initially)

  • Area served (selection):               Dortmund, Hamm, Unna, Soest, Arnsberg,
                                                                  Sundern, Menden


About DPD Germany

DPD Germany is part of DPDgroup, the second-largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. Throughout Germany DPD has 78 depots and 6,500 Pickup parcelshops. A workforce of 9,500 and 11,000 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 375 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. In recognition of this innovation DPD Germany received several awards like the Digital Transformation Award or the UX Design Award.

As part of DPDgroup, DPD Germany has access to over 42,000 local Pickup points across Europe, and delivers to 230 countries worldwide. DPDgroup’s 75,000 delivery experts work together to deliver more than 5.2 million parcels each day. The sole shareholder in DPD is GeoPost, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Le Groupe La Poste. GeoPost posted sales of €7.3 billion in the year 2018.

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Coordinator Media Relations

Opening parcel sorting centre I

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Opening parcel sorting centre II

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Image I: Cutting the red ribbon during the opening ceremony in Hamm: DPD CEO Boris Winkelmann, Mayor Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann, Head of Ministerial Section Karl-Uwe Bütof and DPD COO Thomas Ohnhaus.

Image II: In the autumn of 2019 DPD will be starting operations in Hamm with an initial 350 employees.