Deutsche Post DHL Group to build another mega parcel center near Berlin

Logistics company and the city of Ludwigsfelde sign purchase agreement for property on a site of about 165,000 square meters

  • New location will create up to 600 new jobs subject to wage agreements and social security contributions
  • New parcel center scheduled to go online in 2020

Deutsche Post DHL Group is constructing a new mega parcel center in the town of Ludwigsfelde in Brandenburg, just outside Berlin, as part of the company's ongoing investment in its parcel network. Up to 600 new jobs that are subject to wage agreements and social security contributions will be created after the new center on the 165,000m2 site goes into operation. The city of Ludwigsfelde and Deutsche Post DHL Group have already signed the relevant purchase agreement for the property. The sorting capacity of the new parcel center will be about 50,000 shipments per hour, providing additional support for the two existing parcel centers in nearby Rüdersdorf and Börnicke.

"The parcel market is still growing rapidly due to the e-commerce boom, in particular," says Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for the Post - eCommerce - Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group. "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. Another reason we have become the best parcel provider in the market is because we have the best network. The new parcel center that we are now setting up is in a region with particularly strong parcel growth, indeed it represents an essential component of our strategy." The company already has a sorting capacity of more than 1 million parcels per hour in its 34 parcel centers - and Deutsche Post DHL Group expects average annual parcel growth of between five and seven percent until 2020.

"The development of our Eichspitze Ludwigsfelde 4.0 industrial part is well under way. The addition of one of the most important DAX companies will trigger the further development and marketing of the area", says Andreas Igel, mayor of the town of Ludwigsfelde.

The property occupies about 68 hectare in the area known as "An der Eichspitze," approximately 11 kilometers from the southern city limits of Berlin. The property is currently being developed to ensure the construction of the new parcel center will start as planned in summer 2018.

In 2016, Deutsche Post DHL Group commissioned its largest parcel center to date, in Obertshausen, which also has a sorting capacity of 50,000 shipments per hour. In the summer of 2017, construction work began on the similarly high-performance parcel center in Bochum, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2019.

Source: Deutsche Post DHL

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