Children's day-care centres, where children from social risk families spend their time, really need books. In order to solve this issue, Public Institution Children’s Dreams (Vaikų svajonės) started the project 1000 books which invites people to donate books, which will then be distributed to day-care centres all throughout Lithuania.
Goal – to collect 1000 books
“This idea came from another project which has been implemented for several years now – Children’s Dreams (Vaikų svajonės). We noticed that the word which was searched for the most on the website Vaikų svajonės was a “book” and the dreams which were related with books were implemented very quickly. Then, we noticed that people wanted to donate books and at the same time, after working with the day-care centres, we knew that there is a lack of books not only for the children themselves but also for the day-care centres – they had a very small amount of books or no books at all,” the organiser of the project 1000 books Julius Gregorauskas said about the idea behind the project.
The first goal is to collect 1000 books, which will be distributed to 80 children’s day-care centres all around the country. Each centre will get on average 12-13 books. This is not a lot, especially considering the fact that any one centre is visited by around 50 children on average. However, we want to continue the project for several years and to fill the libraries of the day-care centres little by little.
Books can be sent for free
After starting the project, we encountered a problem – the organisers are located in Vilnius, therefore, people who were living elsewhere and wanted to donate several or more books to the children, would experience rather large costs.
When searching for ways to make the journey of the donated books simpler, the organisers applied to DPD Lietuva – a company which has been helping with the Children’s Dreams project for several years now.
“Books are one of the most important measures for training and education. We want every child, regardless of the conditions in which he or she is living, to have the possibility to be educated and grow up reading. Both projects Children’s Dreams and 1000 books are really meaningful, therefore, we are happy to be able to contribute to the implementation of these noble ideas,” said CEO of DPD Lietuva Robertas Vilkaitis.
Now, everyone who is willing to donate books for the day-care centres will be able to send them for free from every Pickup locker or parcel shop. Lithuania has almost 100 of them, while the full list and the closest point may be found on the website of DPD. You only need to contact the organiser of 1000 books or Children’s Dreams on Facebook or by e-mail and they will send you all of the necessary information and documents for delivering the books.
The first books already reached the organisers
“We have created an account for this project on the social network Facebook. However, we are already receiving books for children – they are sent by individual persons and organisations. One package was sent by a Lithuanian who is living abroad. He had ordered the books online and directed the package to our address. Now, when DPD contributed to this project, the good people will be able to do noble deeds in a simpler way,” explained J. Gregorauskas.
Since the organisers are working with the projects on a voluntary basis, during their free time, it is planned to implement the 1000 books project until 31 October and after that all of the attention will be given to the Children’s Dreams project, which will be organised for the eighth time.
Reduction in CO2 Emissions:
DPDgroup is the world leader in voluntary carbon offset the CEP market.
To mark the publication of its first Communication on Progress (COP) for United Nations Global Compact, DPDgroup is taking stock of its unique commitment to carbon neutrality that makes up nearly 5% of the European voluntary carbon offset market.
DPDgroup is committed via its DrivingChangeTM programme to making every parcel delivered carbon-neutral, for all of its customers, at no additional cost.
DPDgroup is focussing on the measurement of its CO2 emissions, introducing reduction measures and offsetting the balance on the voluntary market.
"As the 2nd largest player the European Express Parcel market, we are taking a pragmatic approach. We are focussing on areas where we can make the biggest difference, namely the neutrality of our deliveries and delivery solutions in urban areas. By concentrating our efforts, we have already succeeded in reducing our CO2 emissions by 10.1% per parcel since 2013. In constant search for innovation, we thus facilitate our customers’ commitments on climate change." Paul-Marie Chavanne, Chairman of GeoPost/DPDgroup.
The first step in the company's commitment is to assess the CO 2 emissions resulting from its activity. The main performance indicators are measured quarterly, using a specific tool developed by DPDgroup that precisely evaluate the environmental impact against current standards. More than 300 employees monitor these indicators across Europe.
Each year, an audit is carried out by external firm Mazars to verify the adequacy of the calculation model and the quantity of CO2 emitted.
The second step is to reduce the carbon footprint by improving the efficiency of DPDgroup's transport operations:
- Improvement of business processes: Optimisation of routes and loading, using double-deck trucks for example, etc.
- Deployment of innovative services such as Predict and Pickup, which make it possible to successfully complete more deliveries on first attempt, and therefore reduce CO2 emissions
- Development of a fleet of vehicles powered by alternative fuels. DPDgroup's fleet of alternative vehicles travelled more than 6.2 million kilometres in 2016.
In 2016, DPDgroup had already achieved a 10.1% reduction in its CO2 emissions per parcel compared to 2013.
Finally, for the third stage of the programme, DPDgroup voluntarily offsets 100% of the remaining transport emissions by purchasing carbon credits, every year since 2012.
In 2016, more than 863,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent were offset. This makes DPDgroup the world leader in voluntary offsetting in the CEP (Courrier, Express, Parcel) sector. DPDgroup makes up nearly 5% of the European voluntary carbon offset market.
With the support of EcoAct, European expert on climate strategies, DPDgroup selects offset projects that meet the best international standards (including Gold Standard, VCS and UNFCCC).
DPDgroup's offset programme includes six projects related to the generation of clean and renewable energy. These offset projects are located in the countries in which DPDgroup operates: Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom, but also Turkey and India.
As a result, in 2016 the equivalent of 714,000 MWh of energy, or the annual consumption of 250,000 households, was produced through offset projects supported by DPDgroup.
Source: EcoAct – Calculated on the average annual consumption of households in the 6 countries covered by our offset programme (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, Turkey and India)
After a testing phase in 2016, DPD Lithuania has made the decision to confirm its partnership with ENERTA that produces electricity from renewable energy sources.
DPD Lithuania has linked twinning relationship with ENERTA, the largest Lithuania private foreign-owned electricity supplier, for the services they provide, but also because of their shared commitment to socially responsible.
Robert Vilkaitis, DPD Lithuania General Director explains, “Cooperation with ENERTA began when we built our hub in Kaunas, the largest one in the Baltic countries. Among the different providers that applied our tender, ENERTA appeared the most professional, offering a reasonable price and satisfying the essential requirement: supply green energy.
Energy is expensive, but saved:
Initially, DPD Lithuania purchased energy from another supplier and paid a fixed price. "With ENERTA as our provider, DPD Lithuania’s electricity consumption has decreased by 10%, while green energy worldwide is still expensive," - said Mr. Vilkaitis.
According to him, "ENERTA has analysed our activity when the most energy is used, and estimated rates by reasoned suggestions. The electricity supplier provides DPD with constant information about changes in the forecasts of the market, so it can more accurately plan and next year's energy budget. With professional and reliable partners, DPD Lithuania, together with the whole DPDgroup network, contributes to reducing CO2 emissions and global warming process, and carries a socially responsible business.”
According to Žydrūnas Stankevičius, ENERTA Managing Director, the company is among the top five largest electricity suppliers in Lithuania, and even 60% of their sales basket consists of green energy. “We are more than happy to be able to provide DPD Lithuania, the largest network of parcel transport of the country, with green energy”
Lithuanian business confederation organized “Service of 2017 year” contest, in which DPD Lithuania was nominated for logistics achievements. DPD Lithuania got nomination called “Smart logistic solution of the year”.
DPD Lithuania was nominated for the Predict service and self-service website for parcel receivers www.manosiunta.lt (FMP).
“DPD Lithuania – the only one courier company in the market which has these kinds of solutions. Because of them, we were able to optimize the parcels delivery process and increase the productivity. Also we provide consignees with self-service portal www.manosiunta.lt – each person can quickly and easily change the delivery date, address or redirect parcel to the selected DPD parcel pickup point or locker. It is a unique opportunity to manage and customize their own delivery according to their needs” – says “DPD Lithuania” general director Robertas Vilkaitis.
“Predict” and self-service website were a need because of the current market. The intensive development of electronic commerce and increasingly growing parcel deliveries to private customers, were reasons to optimize the business processes, so parcels deliveries could be effective, smooth as possible and could satisfy each our costumer.
“Predict” will be further improved so it could more accurately and efficiently plan routes. In future self-service website www.manosiunta.lt will have more functions, so deliveries will be more enjoyable.
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We present a new tool for consignees – self-service portal manosiunta.lt. From now on, consignees will be able to change parcel delivery time and address fast and easy. Also, consignees will be able to redirect parcels to “DPD Pickup” parcelshops and Lockers or just watch courier approaching.
To login to the portal manosiunta.lt and use it is easy and convenient.
- On the day of delivery, consignee will receive SMS or email notification.
- Notification receiver will be able to get directly to manosiunta.lt portal by clicking the link.
- Consignees who are not able to access via link can easily login to the portal by typing manosiunta.lt in the browser and entering an access code and a password.
Once logged in to the portal, consignee will be able to see this information:
- Map, showing courier’s location;
- Number of courier’s stops left before the delivery;
- Estimated delivery time;
- Delivery address;
- Possible options (change address/date);
- Sender’s information;
- Change history;
- Link to parcel tracking.
For your convenience – portal is accessible via smartphones and tablets as well! Start using manosiunta.lt now!
The income of the parcel delivery company “DPD Lietuva” in 2016 was 23,7 million euros and compared to the year 2015, it increased by 15 %. This year it’s planned to increase it by tenth.
Over the past year company delivered 5 million parcels – 0.6 million more than in 2015.
Robertas Vilkaitis, CEO of “DPD Lietuva”, says that the main factors of the last year’s income growth were increased inside consumption and export – “DPD Lietuva” helps to find foreign markets for more and more companies.
“Growing electronic businesses, traditional business strengthening boosted our income as well. Also the segment of private clients contributed to the rapidly increased number of parcels sent via Lockers and “DPD Pickup” parcelshops and willingly, will increase further”, - he said.
According to the CEO, “DPD Lietuva” pays more and more attention to the private clients, so the largest investments of the company in 2016 were dedicated to the development and modernization of “DPD Pickup” parcelshops and Lockers network. For the infrastructure of network and software, in 2015 company invested 0.5 million euros.
“DPD Lietuva” controls a combined network, which consists of parcelshops and 14 self-service lockers. Through them, people can not only receive, but also send parcels to all European countries.
The most popular – Germany
According to Mr. Vilkaitis, in the year of 2016, the stream of the sent/received domestic and international parcels has increased. Mostly increased the number of parcels, which “DPD Lietuva” exported over the range of Baltic states.
The most popular foreign direction in 2016 was Germany – the number of delivered parcels there increased almost twice, up to 114.000. Second by the popularity in 2016 was Great Britain, which 55.000 parcels were delivered – over the year, their stream increased 5 times.
To the Netherlands – third country by popularity – the number of over the year delivered parcels jumped by tenfold, to 23.000.
The growth in 2016 was fixated by all the DPD group. Last year, the income of the group increased by 8.7%, up to 6,2 billion euros.
DPD group delivered 1.1 billion parcels, more than 4million parcels per day. The number of deliveries increased by 12.2%.
Currently, DPD group is the second largest parcel delivery company in Europe. It has more than 60.000 employees and 30.000 delivery vans.
Plans for the year 2017
This year “DPD Lietuva” is planning to increase the income by 10%
“We are planning to maintain the increasing growth of the income, to present various solutions that are oriented to e-commerce segment and to expand self-service lockers network”, - lists Mr. Vilkaitis.
According to him, it is not decided yet, how many new lockers will be set up.
“However, there will be set up no less than 20 new Lockers in the Baltic states this year”, - says the CEO.
“DPD Lietuva” in the year 2017 is planning to invest 1.1 million euros.
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After interviewing the online buyers from 21 European countries, it turned out that online shopping via smartphones is getting popular very rapidly. More and more people are shopping at foreign online shops, so delivery flexibility and return simplicity could become main factors for attracting new customers.
According to the number of returned goods – Lithuania is first in Europe.
Even though the number of online buyers and their activity in Lithuania are still chasing the average numbers of Europe, Lithuanian buyers now differs from others by the number of return items – every fourth interviewed buyer returned an item to the seller recently.
“Comparing to the neighbor countries in the Baltics, Lithuanian e-buyers spends on average more money on household and kitchen appliances and a little less than neighbors – to the electronics, sound and video devices”, - comments “DPD Lietuva” sales and marketing director for Baltic states Gabrielius Bilevičius.
Europeans want to make online shopping to fit their lifestyle
Even though most Europeans are shopping online using desktop or laptop computers, yet the number of people, who is shopping online using smartphone is increasing. However, the growth of this group is getting stopped because not all e-shops are adjusted to browsing using smartphones.
By looking to the variety of methods of payments, it is seen, that in the West Europe digital wallets like “Paypal” are still more popular (42%) than credit cards (35%). Even so, in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia payment after delivery remains as the most popular payment – this shows, that online buyers there does not trust the electronic businesses yet.
Europeans do prefer home delivery. Even 84% of the respondents chose this option. However, research results are showing that, respondents would also gladly choose the alternative places like parcelshops or post offices. Several ways to receive a parcel allows buyers to make shopping online fit to their lifestyle.
For the same reason, delivery flexibility plays more and more important role – most of the respondents said, that the possibility to receive an item the next day or to follow their parcels on a live map, possibility to change delivery time motivates them to choose an item from the e-shop, which offers this delivery service. E-shoppers also appreciate delivery time slot, sent by the courier companies as SMS, so punctuality of delivery stays important.
The battle for the regular e-shoppers will be fiercer
In Europe, the most part of online purchases (even 85%) are made by regular shoppers, this means that, it is vital for electronic businesses to maintain this group. Reliability and delivery flexibility will be one of the most important factors, that will encourage people, who are shopping rarely, to do it more frequently.
The research revealed, that internet permeability does not correlate with regular number of online purchases, for example, in the Netherlands 94% of the habitant has the internet connection and 44 % of them, are shopping online not less than one time per month, in Italy, this rate is 52%, though only 66 % has the internet connection.
In Europe, clothes, books, electronics, beauty and health items are the most purchasable items online. Great Britain differs from others in one thing, here is the largest percent of food ordering online. In Germany, on the other hand, more frequently than in the other countries, pharmaceuticals are the most popular items to buy online.
The research was made by ‘Kantar TNS” by “DPD Lietuva” request. In 2016, from September to October, there were 23,450 people questioned in 21 Europe countries, and the number of questioned people in Lithuania was 802. In the time of research, it was aimed to find out the habits of e-shoppers.
“CV-Online” an internet company of personnel search and selection, organized the elections, called “Top employer 2016” and “DPD Lietuva” is in it! In Transport / Logistics nomination, “DPD Lietuva” made it to the top five!
The employees of the firms and the people who are currently looking for a job, rate the best employers online from 2010, every year. To get the name of “Top employer 2016” pretended 400 firms. Top employers are elected in five categories according to the area of activity – Commerce, Finance, IT, Industry and Transport.
“Ability to constantly improve, to search for the best solutions and to do it professionally – “DPD Lietuva” qualities, that we cherish from the very beginning of the company. We are happy, that we have employees, who are sincerely dedicated to their company and working with love. Because of them, we can provide the exclusive quality services, that are rated very well by our clients”, - says Danguolė Bičkūnienė “DPD Lietuva” personnel manager.
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