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"With turnover growth of 11%, DPDgroup consolidates its position as the second biggest player in the European express parcel delivery market and affirms its positioning as an expert in international parcel delivery",
says Paul-Marie Chavanne, CEO of GeoPost / DPDgroup.
- No. 2 in the express parcel market in Europe
- €6.8 billion in turnover
- 1.2 billion parcels delivered worldwide
- 7.5 million parcels delivered on peak day (December 18th 2017)
- 61% of volumes on the BtoB market
- Growth in B2C: +17% in volume
A new year of growth
DPDgroup continued its growth in 2017 with a turnover of €6.8 billion, accounting for 28% of Groupe La Poste's turnover, which rose to €24.1 billion for the same year. In 2017, DPDgroup recorded an 11% increase in sales (+8.2% at constant scope and exchange rates) compared to 2016.
This performance was driven by an increase in volumes (+10%) compared to 2016, bringing the total number of parcels delivered worldwide to 1.2 billion.
DPDgroup relies on a hybrid BtoB-BtoC network. The BtoB segment still accounts for 61% of DPDgroup's volume business in 2017, but DPDgroup was one of the first BtoB operators in the market to make the strategic choice to expand into BtoC. As a result, 37% of DPDgroup's turnover in 2017 came from the BtoC segment, compared to 34% in 2016.
Thanks to a strong growth in its results, DPDgroup has consolidated its position as the second largest player in the European CEP (Courier Express Parcel) market.
Highly active in all key European markets, thanks to its own operations in 23 countries, DPDgroup recorded good growth in sales, particularly in France (+6.3%), the United Kingdom (+11%), in Russia (+13.7%) and in Poland (+18.3%).
Sustained international growth
In 2017, DPDgroup continued its external growth strategy through various investments and partnerships around the world:
- Acquisition of a 37.5% stake in the Italian parcel operator BRT in January 2017
- Shareholding in the French urgent urban shopping start-up Stuart increased to 100% in March 2017
- Partnership with Nova Poshta International (Ukrainian express carrier), to offer cross-border delivery services in Ukraine, in October 2017
- Merger between DPD Russia and SPSR Express, a key player in the Russian express parcel delivery market.
DPDgroup, a major player in "cross-border" e-commerce
This rise in cross-border e-commerce impacts DPDgroup's international export flows, which show an increase of 11% in 2017, both in the B2B and B2C sectors.
In 2017, 54% of European e-shoppers said they had previously made purchases online from a foreign website. Of those, 67% had previously purchased from a foreign website located in Europe (and 39% in neighbouring countries to their own) and 67% from a website located outside Europe (among which 44% in China and 31% in the USA).
DPDgroup, a player at the forefront of innovation
DPDgroup continues to offer more premium services, more choice and more practicality, meeting the expectations of its customers by:
- Developing stand-out services, such as delivery within a prearranged time slot with "DPD Precise" in the United Kingdom and Chronopost France's "Chrono Precise", which was expanded at the end of 2017 to include delivery on Sunday mornings
- Targeting specific markets, such as same day delivery (SEUR Now in Spain) and the delivery of food products (SEUR Frio in Spain, Chronofresh in France, DPD Food in the United Kingdom and Germany)
- Experimenting deliveries by drone, through the launch of a first regular commercial line, marking a world first.
DPDgroup, a responsible player
"Driving Change" policy is DPDgroup responsible and sustainable approach, driving its growth.
DPDgroup measures its CO2 emissions and has already reduced those produced by road transport by 10% per parcel compared to 2013. DPDgroup voluntarily offsets 100% of the remaining transport emissions, by purchasing carbon credits on a yearly basis. This makes DPDgroup the world leader in voluntary offsetting  in the CEP (Courrier Express Parcel) market. DPDgroup's investment accounts for almost 5% of the European voluntary carbon offset market. Also in 2017, DPDgroup supported its seventh carbon offset project in Brazil.
DPDgroup is the second largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. DPDgroup combines innovative technology and local knowledge to provide a flexible and user-friendly service for both shippers and shoppers. With its industry-leading Predict service, DPDgroup is setting a new standard for convenience by keeping customers closely in touch with their delivery.
With more than 68,000 delivery experts and a network of more than 32,000 local Pickup points, DPDgroup delivers 4.8 million parcels to over 230 countries each day through the brands DPD, Chronopost, SEUR and BRT.
DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, which posted sales of €6.8 billion in 2017. GeoPost is a holding company owned by Le Groupe La Poste.
DPDgroup is the world leader in its business market (CEP) in the volume of carbon credit purchased on the voluntary offset market. This commitment represents 5% of this market in Europe.
 On 2016
 E-shopper barometer 2017 - Kantar TNS Study for DPDgroup
 Source: EcoAct 2017, based on State of voluntary market 2016 and CDP reports 2016.
Best, 2 February 2018 - Construction of the new hypermodern DPD distribution centre has now officially started. Eric Dietz CEO DPD Netherlands and Piet Machielsen, an alderman for the municipality of Oirschot, have driven the first pile for the new building. It will rise up from the ground at the Westfields business park in Oirschot over the course of the next year. This state-of-the art distribution centre will serve DPD Netherlands well for many years to come. For example, putting the company in a position to continue to offer a high-quality service in the booming parcel market and strengthen its cross-border position.
HUB Eindhoven will initially cover an area of approximately 88,000 square metres and will be extended by a further 36,000 square metres at a later stage. This ties in seamlessly with the growth expected. All 500 employees at the current location in Best will relocate to HUB Eindhoven at the beginning of 2019. The official start of this new-build project was attended by all of the various parties involved, including representatives of the contractor, Stam & De Koning, the BEUMER Group and the municipality of Oirschot.
Rick Pardoel, Manager Real Estate DPD Netherlands: “Our new sorting machine, which we use to process 50.000 parcels per hour, is the beating heart of DPD. It formed the starting point for the design of the distribution centre, which is a complete reversal of the traditional approach to new-build projects. Normally, the building is constructed first, after which attention turns to where to position machines. The new HUB will enable us to respond to opportunities for growth, demand from the market and peak volume.”
Eric Dietz, CEO DPD Netherlands: “We are very happy to have reached this point. After many years of planning, the ball has now actually started to roll. We have taken the opportunity that this new-build project is presenting us with to subject our processes to a close critical examination. This is our chance to put limitations behind us and construct a building that will give us the best possible chance of achieving our ambitions for the future. The new location will give us the opportunity to continue to grow. We will be able to process more parcels, provide more clients with a high-quality service and expand our (logistics) network at an international level. We can't wait to start using this hyper modern building, in which the emphasis will be on efficiency, safety and the achievement of the highest level of sustainability possible.”
DPD Netherlands is now delivering parcels by bike too, having joined forces with Fietskoeriers.nl to create a new delivery option. The service is now available in Eindhoven, for both business and private customers. It enables DPD and Fietskoeriers.nl to strengthen their market position in the field of sustainable parcel delivery, particularly given the prospect of this service’s expansion to the rest of the Netherlands in the future.
To compensate for the emissions produced by the company's vehicles, DPD is buying emissions rights to finance green and renewable energy projects. DPD and EcoAct, the European leader in the CO2 market, have come together to create a compensation programme that meets the strictest international standards.
DPD's cooperation with Fietskoeriers.nl is in the same vein, but does more too: this delivery option is ideal for the achievement of smart deliveries to customers in towns and cities. Fast delivery can be guaranteed even in situations where congestions would delay other delivery options. More than 74% of the Dutch population live in a town or city. Fietskoeriers.nl is now delivering parcels to four areas of Eindhoven, using electric cargo bikes for standard parcels and an electric car for big parcels. Delivering parcels to a growing number of customers every day, DPD is reducing its impact on roads via its cooperation with Fietskoeriers.nl.
Eric Dietz, CEO DPD Netherlands: “We do everything we can, every day, to make sure that parcels are delivered quickly and in lines with the wishes of our customers. Our cooperation with Fietskoeriers.nl enables us to improve the quality of life in towns and cities and also to honour the commitment we have made to the environment. It's another important step towards the achievement of sustainable, CO2-neutral delivery to our customers.”
“This cooperation fits in perfectly with our strategy, which is to be the ultimate last-mile carrier”, says Colette van Boxtel, Marketing Director at Fietskoeriers.nl. “You could see us as the ultimate last-mile white label. We deliver to everyone. This reduces the number of fossil-fuel vehicles in towns and cities and makes them more pleasant places to live in too. I think it’s really great that we are helping an international player like DPD to achieve its sustainability targets!”
The 2017 “E-shopper barometer” report*
highlights this year’s trends and opportunities
- Online experience: the vast majority of e-shoppers consider their most recent online purchasing experience as ‘very positive’, and found their experience ‘easy’.
- Cross-border e-shopping: cross-border purchases are growing significantly, especially for products originating from China. There is still room for strong growth as one third of e-shoppers are willing to start purchasing abroad.
- M-commerce: smartphones are increasingly used to make online purchases, especially among heavy buyers and millennials.
- Delivery: the home is still by far the most used delivery location, but interest for alternatives is growing e.g. parcel shops, retailer stores, and lockers.
- Local strategies: delivery and payment preferences vary widely from one country to the other. To meet customers’ expectations and further develop e-commerce activities, e-tailers must think local to maximise opportunities.
“This year’s report underlines the clear potential that cross-border shopping represents. One of three key features that can favour online cross-border purchases is related to local behaviours and requirements as well as shoppers’ specific needs in each market. Mobile-friendly platforms is the second to cater for the rise in m-commerce. Last but not least, ensure an impeccable first experience for new e-shoppers would secure their loyalty in the long term.” - Jean-Claude Sonet, Marketing Director, DPDgroup.
Vanaf 27 november via DPD Pickup Parcelshops op elke kerstzegel bijna 25 cent besparing
DPD gaat met Sandd samenwerken bij de verkoop van kerstzegels. Vanaf maandag 27 november worden de Sandd kerstzegels verkocht voor € 0,50 (incl. 21% btw) in ruim 100 DPD Pickup parcelshops. DPD en het Nederlandse postbedrijf willen hiermee de concurrentie aan gaan met duurdere zegels. Met de kerstzegels wordt dit jaar tevens het goede doel Pink Ribbon ondersteunt.
Jaarlijks versturen Nederlanders meer dan 100 miljoen kerstkaarten per post aan elkaar. DPD en Sandd bieden daarom dit jaar voor het eerst kerstzegels aan. Naast de reguliere zegels van Sandd, kunnen consumenten en bedrijven nu ook profiteren van de zeer voordelige kerstzegels, verkrijgbaar in de 100 geselecteerde DPD Parcelshops.
De kerstzegel kost slechts €0,50. Dat scheelt bijna 25 cent per zegel t.o.v. de huidige decemberzegel van € 0,73. Een vel van 20 kerstzegels kost € 10,-. Dankzij de samenwerking tussen DPD en Sandd zijn de zegels door heel Nederland verkrijgbaar.
Klanten kunnen hun kerstkaarten in een speciale kerstbrievenbus van Sandd in de DPD Pickup parcelshops inleveren. Klanten die één of meer velletjes Sandd kerstzegels kopen mogen gratis 1 pakket binnen Nederland versturen via het online verzendplatform van DPD, pakkettenversturen.nl
Thiemo van Spellen, CCO DPD Nederland: “DPD en Sandd vullen elkaar natuurlijk aan; wij doen de pakketten, zij doen de post. Door samen te werken kunnen wij gezamenlijke kansen creëren, onze retailnetwerken verbeteren én laten groeien. Ook gaan we hiermee de concurrentie aan met andere, duurdere bezorgdiensten. We vinden het mooi dat we deze alternatieve en goedkopere verzendmethode onze klanten kunnen aanbieden en tegelijk bijdragen aan een belangrijk goed doel.”
Sandd heeft de verkoop van de kerstzegel gekoppeld aan een goed doel. Kerst is namelijk niet alleen een periode van feestvreugde en gezelligheid, voor veel mensen is het ook een moeilijke tijd, bijvoorbeeld in verband met een heftige ziekte. In Nederland wordt bij 1 op de 7 vrouwen jaarlijks borstkanker geconstateerd; dat is een ingrijpende persoonlijke gebeurtenis. Daarom doneert Sandd een deel van de opbrengst dit jaar aan Pink Ribbon. Zij financieren wetenschappelijk onderzoek en projecten op het gebied van behandeling, nazorg en langetermijneffecten van borstkanker. Kijk voor meer informatie op pinkribbon.nl.
Van ieder verkocht zegelvel doneert Sandd € 0,25 aan dit goede doel. De kerstzegels zijn vanaf 27 november te koop via de Sandd webshop en bij de Sandd postpunten, waaronder geselecteerde DPD Pickup Parcelshops https://www.sandd.nl/postpunt/). Hier kan de kerstpost ook weer worden ingeleverd.
DPD en Sandd
Dit is niet de eerste samenwerking tussen DPD en Sandd, vorig jaar plaatste zij samen frankeermachines van Sandd bij MKB-ers op locatie. DPD heeft in Nederland bijna 800 Pickup parcelshops, hiervan zijn er 100 geselecteerd door Sandd in gebieden waar ze nog geen dekking hadden met eigen postpunten of andere servicepunten. Doordat Sandd alleen bezorgd op dinsdag en vrijdag, en daarbij zeer efficiënt werkt, kunnen zij zeer scherpe prijzen bieden aan consumenten en bedrijven.
Black Friday development in Europe
Peak period is a year-end shipped parcels volume increase phenomenon, linked to Christmas gifts. This period traditionally runs through December. In the last few years, this period has extended over the first half of January with the online gift-reselling phenomenon.
Meanwhile, « Black Friday » (on November 24th this year) followed by « Cyber Monday » (on November 27th this year), coming from American traditions, are developing today in some European countries thanks to e-commerce.
Peak period is now spreading from late November to half of January.
In 2016, the Black Friday week generated a 20% average increase of DPDgroup delivered parcels in Europe, with wide discrepancies among countries.
Year-end period entails a strong increase of volume handled in the last weeks. Indeed, in 2016 DPDgroup observed a 20% increase of its volumes during year-end period, even reaching +35% on some days.
This year, DPDgroup expects a similar growth of its volumes. Considering annual increase of traffic and its peaks, DPDgroup plans to deliver more than 6 million parcels per day on the busiest days, at the end of this year.
Therefore, like every year before « peak period », DPDgroup teams are joining forces to handle these seasonal volume records. Our experts in each country adapt resources according to their forecasts: transport capacity increase, delivery operation growth, additional sorting centre, team reinforcement, etc.
Year-end period is also the opportunity to internally create solidarity between services, so that this challenge leads to customer satisfaction. For example, headquarters staff can support delivery teams.
Persbericht – Best, 20 september 2017 – DPD Pakketservice presenteert samen met TMG Squash het internationaal toernooi DPD Open Squash 2017. Eerder al organiseerden zij samen het succesvolle DPD-FOS Amsterdam Open. Het DPD Open vindt plaats in Amsterdam, in het Frans Otten Stadion van 26 september tot en met 1 oktober.
Tijdens het internationaal toernooi zal een sterke deelnemerslijst strijden om een prijzenpot van $25.000. Voor Europese begrippen is dat een hoge prijzenpot. De beste Nederlandse talenten kunnen zich hier meten met de wereldtop, waaronder de Nederlander Marc ter Sluis, die een wildcard voor het DPD Open Squash 2017 kreeg. Marc is één van de meest talentvolle spelers van Nederland.
DPD sponsort daarnaast ook het jonge squash talent Guido Lindner. Guido is pas 11 jaar en zeer getalenteerd. Hij zal tijdens het Kids-toernooi op zondag 1 oktober in actie komen.
Tom Lucas, toernooi directeur TMG: “Het is fantastisch dat er weer een internationaal evenement van allure op de kalender staat en dat DPD Pakketservice wil investeren in onze fantastische sport.”
Eric Dietz, CEO DPD: “Squash is een gezonde en mooie sport om te beoefenen en verdient een steuntje in de rug. Maar nog veel mensen in Nederland kennen de sport niet of niet goed. Dat willen we veranderen. Tijdens het toernooi organiseren wij daarom ook een aantal clinics. Hierdoor kunnen niet alleen onze klanten, maar echt iedereen kennis maken met de sport. Het is tevens een prachtige kijksport vol strijd en dynamiek.
Investment in a hypermodern sorting machine
Best, 11 September 2017 – Parcel service DPD is going to double its parcel processing capacity at its new Dutch headquarters in the Eindhoven region. In order to respond to the increased growth in the e-commerce market, the company is investing in an ultra-modern new sorter: the “LS-4000 CB sorter”. Also referred to as “the green sorter”, this machine is manufactured by the BEUMER Group and offers a maximum processing capacity of 50,000 parcels an hour.
DPD's new headquarters, 'HUB Eindhoven', will open at the start of 2019. The hub will operate around the clock and cover some 23,000 square metres. It will offer DPD and its customers direct access to the most important highway networks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. In short, the most ideal location for modern logistics in this region.
Eric Dietz, CEO at DPD: “We are always looking for new ways to better serve our customers and deliver parcels faster. Our investment in the new sorting system is perfectly in line with our growth strategy for the Dutch market. This innovative system will soon form the beating heart of our new premises in Eindhoven. More specifically, this will mean more than a doubling of our current capacity in Best, as a result of which we will be able to provide our customers with an even better and faster parcel delivery service. At the end of the day, that's what it’s all about.”
The purchase of the sorting machine also marks the start for DPD of a 10-year partnership with manufacturer of intralogistics solutions the BEUMER Group. They will supply and install the new sorter, and be responsible for its maintenance. DPD has chosen the BEUMER Group because of its worldwide position in the areas of transport, packaging, sorting and distribution. The sorter has been decisive in the design chosen for the new premises. The purchase of the sorter was thus completed at an earlier stage of the process.
Parcel service on road safety set up at the start of the new school year
Best, 4 September 2017 – On 1 August, DPD Parcel service entered into a partnership with the Victor Veilig Safety First project. The Victor Veilig project is aimed at the safety of children playing on the street and makes use of bright yellow dolls. Through the partnership, DPD makes it possible for its drivers to place the dolls in the areas in which they operate. Collaboration with the Safety First project is in line with DPD’s safety policy. The parcel service sees it as its responsibility to improve road safety in residential areas.
Victor Veilig as traffic buddy for motorists
Drivers who work for DPD are aware of Victor Veilig’s importance for the safety of children playing. Victor Veilig’s bright yellow colour ensures a level of visibility for motorists and other road users. Using the doll at busy crossroads, nurseries or schools makes it a little is safer for children playing on the street. With its light weight and handles, the doll is easy to install.
Eric Dietz, CEO at DPD: “Our buses can be found on the road every day, including in residential areas where children are playing. Road safety is key for DPD, particularly the safety of children playing and certainly now that the schools have gone back. We want to take our responsibility seriously as a logistics provider by supporting Victor Veilig.”
The tool helps e-commerce entrepreneurs expand overseas, for example in France or Spain.
The threshold e-commerce companies must cross if they want to do business abroad is high. Entrepreneurs have to make decisions about whether to expand into one or more countries, designing a web shop and setting up shipments. 23 e-commerce professionals within the Cross Border E-commerce Expert Group of Shopping Tomorrow (from companies such as bol.com, Noppies, Salesupply and DPD) have assessed this material and developed an online cross-border tool.
Entrepreneurs to use this tool to obtain advise that is based on their own situation. This makes it easier for them to venture into a foreign country. The advice could concern areas such as marketing, regulations, shipments and setting up a web shop. The first advice available relates to a roll-out into France or Spain. The intention is to expand the tool with recommendations for other interesting e-commerce countries.
One of the experts, Sjoukje Goldman MSc (marketing strategy teacher, project leader from the ‘Crossborder Ecommerce in Europe’ project and doctoral candidate with the Digital Commerce research group of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) explains why these countries have been chosen: “France and Spain are in fourth and fifth place in terms of countries with the highest cross-border potential. This potential has been calculated on the basis of the revenue from cross-border consumer spending in foreign web shops. However, little is still known about France and Spain, making the choice for these countries an obvious one.”
How does the cross-border tool work?
The first question entrepreneurs are asked in the online tool is what type of entrepreneur they are: a starter in e-commerce, a starter abroad or a professional. They can also choose between France or Spain at this stage. After this, they are shown questions that are relevant to their ambition. The answers and input they give can then be used to create an advisory report. This personalised advice will support the most optimal roll-out of a successful expansion into France or Spain.
View the tool at www.crossbordertool.nl
Cross-border e-commerce trends in Europe
The European e-commerce market is developing rapidly – a fact that applies to entrepreneurs and e-commerce companies, but also to European e-shoppers. This was revealed by, among other things, a survey that Kantar TNS carried out for DPD Group among 23,450 e-shoppers in 21 countries. The study also clearly revealed the huge potential of this market and identified various cross-border e-commerce trends. View the findings and conclusions.
Best, 11 April 2017 – DPD and PostMasters has today announced that they are further expanding their partnership. This means that from now on you can send parcels via DPD from both the PostMasters Business Centres and the Express branches. DPD is responding to the increasing demand among consumers, entrepreneurs and SMEs for a broader range of postal and parcel services, and to not be dependent on a single party. Parcels can currently be sent via from the 30 PostMasters locations. The ambition is to expand these services over the course of the year to 100 locations across the country.
Individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs that want DPD to deliver their parcels can do so by entrusting the entire service, from start to finish, to PostMasters. DPD itself has an extensive ground network in Europe and more than 30,000 Pickup parcelshops in 21 countries across the continent. This enables it to ensure that parcels reach their destination quickly and efficiently.
Eric Dietz, CEO of DPD Nederland: “With the ambition to be number 1 in the European parcel market, DPD wants to serve all market segments. Partnerships with other parties give DPD the opportunity to meet the demands of individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs, and to grow in those segments. We have found a good partner in PostMasters for this market segment and we want to collaborate with them for the long term.”
Thomas van der Lubbe, CEO of PostMasters: “We are very enthusiastic at PostMasters about this new partnership with DPD. The high quality of their services and DPD’s intricate network in Europe, combined with PostMasters’ growing retail network, offers both companies opportunities to grow in the retail market. PostMasters and the PostMasters Express store-in-store formula serve many customers efficiently every day and thus enable the company to retain them successfully. PostMasters also works with other retail chains, including Retail Development Company (known from The Read Shop, among others), and is planning to grow from the current 30 locations in the Netherlands to 100 by the end of 2017.”
New pan-European survey uncovers trends; changing ways to pay, importance of trust and crumbling borders for shoppers in search of a bargain.
DPDgroup, the leading parcel delivery brand, today shines light on the rapidly changing landscape of online shopping in Europe in a new E-Shopper Barometer report.
In the first and most extensive report to focus on online shopping trends in Europe, Kantar TNS interviewed 23,450 participants across 21 countries*. The survey highlights micro trends including the most surprising online purchases as well as and preferred payment methods from the UK to Estonia. It also unearths macro trends such as the rapid growth of mobile shopping in countries with lower internet penetration, the increasing preference for e-shopping abroad, and the importance of transparency and flexibility offered in deliveries and returns.
“Our report highlights the main e-commerce trends in Europe and provides a good overview of e-shoppers’ online behaviours, bearing in mind that these vary from country to country. Cross-border shopping is however popular across the region, with more than two thirds of those who purchase abroad doing so in other European countries. There’s also room for growth in coming years as a significant number of Europeans who have not yet purchased on foreign websites intend to do so.” Jean-Claude Sonet, Marketing, Communication and CSR Director, DPDgroup
Ways to shop and pay vary, but trust and flexibility are a key constant
- Most online purchases are still made by laptop or desktop PC. Orders made by smartphone (35 %) are growing, however, and 42 % of those surveyed said that they consider a mobile friendly website an essential factor in making purchases.
- Digital wallets (e.g. PayPal) still outstrip credit cards as the preferred means of payment online (42 to 35 %), even in many Western European countries, while cash-on-delivery is most popular in the Eastern Bloc, highlighting the importance of trust when making purchases.
- Home is still the preferred point of delivery for most (84 % of participants), but many are considering alternatives such as parcel delivery lockers or post offices, underlining the need for seamless delivery options that fit shoppers’ lifestyles.
- Flexibility is key – most e-shoppers say next day delivery, realtime tracking and the option to reschedule are more likely to make them purchase from a specific retailer over other delivery options including weekend or evening deliveries. Nearly half of e-shoppers also rely on delivery time notifications provided by the courier.
Online shopping is driven by heavy buyers, but habits are changing
- Heavy buyers, account for 85 % of declared online purchases in Europe, meaning attracting repeat customers is now more important than ever for e-tailers. Flexible and reliable delivery options will be crucial in encouraging occasional buyers to purchase more frequently.
- Internet penetration does not correlate with the average number of online purchases made each year; just 44 % of e-shoppers in the Netherlands (94 % population online) buy online once per month or more, compared to 52 % of Italians (just 66 % of population online).
- Fashion, books, electronics, beauty and health products remain most popular across Europe, with some startling local variations. The UK is far ahead in %age of food purchases made online, while German shoppers are the most comfortable ordering medicine from websites.
European shoppers look for opportunities in neighbouring countries
- More than half of e-shoppers (52%) have made a purchase from a foreign website before, although an analysis of latest online purchases shows that only 17% were made on foreign websites, suggesting significant room for growth.
- Fashion, electronics and books the most popular products types.
- Western European countries favour geographic proximity for purchases on foreign websites – a third of e-shoppers buy on sites located in neighbouring markets.
- Eastern European countries are likely to experience growth here, with 61% of Polish participants and 46% of Romanians indicating they are considering shipping abroad in future.
- Shoppers need the cross-border experience to improve, particularly delivery and the returns process, as foreign websites do not always take into account specific local requirements or delivery networks.
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Strong growth of GeoPost results
GeoPost continues to grow, reporting revenue of €6.2 billion, an increase of 8.6% (up 9.3% on a like-for-like basis).
This performance was driven by an increase in volumes (up 9.4%) compared to 2015, bringing the total number of parcels delivered worldwide to 1.1 billion.
Thanks to strong growth results, and through its international network DPDgroup, GeoPost has consolidated its No. 2 position on the European CEP (Courier Express Parcel) market:
- With a significant presence in all key European markets, DPDgroup showed strong sales performance, primarily in the United Kingdom (up 13.2%), France (up 10.8%), Spain (up 10%), Benelux (up 9.2%), Germany (up 7.8%) and Poland1 (up 7.2%)
- With volume gains of 21.8%, DPDgroup remains the most dynamic European player in terms of BtoC activity growth; thereby over 36% of DPDgroup volumes now come from BtoC.
- Another growth driver for DPDgroup is the increase in intra-European volumes, which increased by 13.1%, and the group maintains its position as No. 1 in this segment thanks to the largest European road delivery network
GeoPost is Le Groupe La Poste's Express Parcels business unit, making up 26% of its announced 2016 revenue of €23.294 billion.
A year of external growth
In 2016, the company continued its external growth strategy, with a number of investments:
- Acquisition in January 2016 of the not yet held 50% stake in DPD Russia, operating in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
- Acquisition in March 2016, of the not yet held 40% stake in British operator wnDirect, which specialises in supporting e-tailers in their international growth.
- Acquisition in July 2016 of 100% of Biologistic: one of the leading players in France in temperature-controlled transport of healthcare/pharmacy products
- Acquisition in October 2016 of 100% of DPD Zeitfracht, thereby holding 100% of the DPD franchise network in Germany by the end of 2016.
- Acquisition in December 2016 of 60% in JadLog: No. 2 in the express parcel market in Brazil
- Acquisition in January 2017, GeoPost acquired a minority stake of 37.5% in BRT, the Italian Express market leader.
GeoPost also aims to continue its development in Russia, and in December 2016 requested permission from the Russian competition authority for a merger between its subsidiary DPD Russia and SPSR Express.
DPDgroup, a major player in cross-border e-commerce
One in every two Europeans have previously made online purchases from a foreign site. Of those, 69% have previously purchased from a foreign site located in Europe (33% in the UK, 39% in neighbouring countries) and 66% from a site located outside Europe (40% in China and 34% in the USA).
In addition to its No. 1 road network in Europe, DPDgroup has developed unique and seamless services across its network:
- Pickup: a network of over 28,000 parcel shops in 23 countries. Parcel shops are gaining ground in the customer habits of e-shoppers in Europe. Representing the second most popular delivery option for 16% of them, with 52% saying they intend to use it in the future, offering potential for significant growth.
- Predict: with a presence in 20 countries, Predict is a unique interactive delivery service that guarantees home delivery within a 1-hour window. Predict also offers the option to re-schedule delivery for another date or to another location: to a different address, a neighbour or a Pickup point of their choosing.
DPDgroup, an actor at the forefront of innovation
By constantly innovating to offer more and more services, more choice and more convenience
- By developing distinctive services: thereby DPDgroup has developed a parcel concierge solution (Mister Pasha with DPD France), and delivery by appointment with a definite time window with Precise in the UK and Chrono Rendez-vous in France.
- By targeting specific markets, such as same day delivery (SEUR Now in Madrid and Barcelona) and the delivery of food products (SEUR Frio in Spain, ChronoFresh in France, DPD Food in the United Kingdom and Germany).
DPDgroup is the second largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. DPDgroup combines innovative technologies and local expertise to provide simple, flexible services for both senders and recipients. Through its Predict service, DPDgroup has established new service standards by placing customers’ at the centre of the delivery process.
With more than 60,000 delivery experts and a network of more than 28,000 pick-up points, DPDgroup delivers 4 million parcels to 230 countries and territories every day through its brands: DPD, Chronopost and SEUR.
DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, which reported revenues of €6.2 billion in 2016. GeoPost is a holding company owned by Le Groupe La Poste.
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Best, 1 February 2017 – DPD in the Netherlands today announced two appointments to its management team. Arjan Witteveen commenced his role as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 1 January 2017, and Thiemo van Spellen will start as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) on 1 March 2017. With these two appointments, DPD in the Netherlands is now ready to implement further growth plans.
Arjan Witteveen (51) has been acting CFO for some time now. Arjan Witteveen graduated as a Registered Accountant and worked as CFO at various companies including UPS and Douwe Egberts. Over the past few years, he has been an active investor and interim manager. Arjan Witteveen explains: "I am overjoyed to be facing this challenge. Over the past few months, I have gotten to know DPD as a great company in a dynamic market. I am looking forward to continuing the collaboration with the management team and all DPD colleagues, and further developing this collaboration."
Thiemo van Spellen (41) will start as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) on 1 March 2017. Thiemo currently works for Webhelp as its Commercial Director, and he previously worked for Sandd for over 12 years in various commercial roles – including from 2012 to 2015 in the role of CCO. “In my role as CCO, I am looking forward to working with the team to build on the success of DPD and the commercial departments, by helping to realise our customers’ objectives in a distinctive and successful manner.”
Eric Dietz, CEO of DPD in the Netherlands, explains: “The appointments of Arjan and Thiemo have completed the board for the beginning of a new, more distinctive course for DPD in the Netherlands. Their vast experience gives us faith that DPD will grow successfully. This is consistent with our ambition to become the top parcel carrier in Europe.”