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[ October 28, 2021   //   ]

Parcels carrier DPD says its new £150m hub in Hinckley, Leicestershire is set to be fully operational ahead of an expected record peak season.

The new hub is DPD’s fifth in the UK and one of the largest fully automated domestic parcel hubs in Europe, as well as most eco-friendly and technologically advanced. 

Hub 5 features a Solar PV system with over 6,000 panels allowing offices to operate off grid during daytime working hours with the excess power exported back to the national grid. The 500 metre long, 42m wide main building contains 3,000 metres of conveyor and can sort 72,000 parcels per hour. 

Chief operating officer Justin Pegg, commented, “To have Hub 5 open and fully operational going into the Black Friday and Christmas period is fantastic news for the operation and for our customers. Our giant hubs in Hinckley and those in the West Midlands give us the capacity and the flexibility we need to manage the significant volume and the major peaks at this time of year.  We are planning for record parcel volumes again this Christmas and we have been able to prepare for those volumes with Hub 5 in mind.”