DPD has announced 6,000 new UK jobs and a major infrastructure investment in response to the ‘unprecedented boom in online shopping’ caused by Covid-19.
The firm will invest £200m this year to expand its next-day parcel capacity, including £100m on vehicles, £60m on 15 new regional depots (10 more than originally planned in 2020) and the remainder on technology.
The new jobs will include delivery and HGV drivers, warehouse staff, management positions and support staff, including mechanics.
The vehicle investment is a separate and additional programme to its electric fleet and will mainly be in tractor and trailer units. However, DPD aims to have 700 EVs by September – 100 more than originally planned.
The new infrastructure investments and recruitment will be in place before Black Friday as the firm prepares for what it predicts will be the busiest Cyber Weekend and Christmas period in its history.