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Making more sustainable delivery options more available

Our alternative delivery solutions are growing in scale globally

Our low-emission fleet more than doubled in size to 5,026 vehicles in 2021. In addition to reducing emissions, our range of delivery options offer consumers flexibility, freedom and choice. For businesses, they help create a positive customer experience that goes beyond what’s in the parcel.

These options are available right now:

Predict

Our ‘Predict’ notification service gives customers advance notice of their delivery time, enabling them to rearrange if necessary. This results in fewer failed deliveries and reduces greenhouse gas emissions per parcel by 5% when compared to standard home deliveries.

Pickup points

Our extensive network of 70,000 easily-accessible Pickup points located across Europe offer consumers travelling by foot, bicycle or public transport an alternative and easy ways to collect their parcel. Our parcel locker network enables consumers to collect parcels at any time in the most convenient place for them. The increased availability of parcel lockers also means we can deliver more parcels to more people with less kilometres travelled.

Green Notifications

Sent via our Predict service, Green Notifications inform customers in the UK, France and Germany that a low-emission vehicle will deliver their parcel. 

'65% of regular e-shoppers are willing to go to a different website to find a more sustainable delivery option.'

Discover our e-shopper barometer

See what’s driving their purchasing decisions.

Discover our e-shopper barometer

See what’s driving their purchasing decisions.

Less waste means greater sustainability gains

The benefits of circular economy thinking

The benefits of circular economy thinking

The circular economy has both environmental and business benefits. By reducing the waste we generate, reusing materials wherever possible and recycling at every opportunity, we lessen our impact on the environment while maximising the value we obtain from our business resources and assets. It helps remove waste from the overall system. From recycled packaging to biodegradable options, our innovations enable business customers to reduce the waste they generate.

Partnering to provide more sustainable solutions

An historic first for DPD UK and the Post Office

In 2021, after 360 years tied exclusively to Royal Mail, the Post Office opened its network to roll out a new click-and-collect service with DPD UK. From an initial trial at 250 branches, the service expanded to 1,500 branches across the UK. Customers purchasing online could choose to pick up their parcel at their local Post Office, often only moments from where they live. A recent study of last mile deliveries via the DPD Pickup network showed a reduction of 63% in greenhouse gases per parcel, compared to standard home deliveries. Achieving these savings depends on customers travelling to the Pickup point sustainably by walking, cycling or using an electric vehicle.

An historic first for DPD UK and the Post Office

In 2021, after 360 years tied exclusively to Royal Mail, the Post Office opened its network to roll out a new click-and-collect service with DPD UK. From an initial trial at 250 branches, the service expanded to 1,500 branches across the UK. Customers purchasing online could choose to pick up their parcel at their local Post Office, often only moments from where they live. A recent study of last mile deliveries via the DPD Pickup network showed a reduction of 63% in greenhouse gases per parcel, compared to standard home deliveries. Achieving these savings depends on customers travelling to the Pickup point sustainably by walking, cycling or using an electric vehicle.

Linehaul is the cornerstone of long-distance deliveries

DPD Switzerland sets a new electric truck distance world record

DPD Switzerland sets a new electric truck distance world record

The impressive ability of electric motors to power long distance deliveries was recently proven by DPD Switzerland. In September 2021, a Futuricum e-truck equipped with Continental tyres broke the world record for the longest run without recharging. Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, the truck covered 1,099 km on Continental’s test track near Hanover in just under 23 hours. It offers clear proof of electric vehicles’ ability to compete with traditional vehicles on challenging long-distance routes. Big ideas; that’s what we can deliver as your international sustainable logistics and transportation partner.