Europe’s largest and most technically advanced parcel sorting hub was officially opened by DPD on Thursday 24th September at Hinckley in Leicestershire, with a special ceremony in front of 400 guests, including representatives of many of the largest retail names in the UK.
Philippe Wahl, Chairman and CEO of La Poste, performed the official opening, while HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP, was also on hand to present DPD with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
Leicester-born footballer and television presenter Gary Lineker was the guest of honour.
The giant new £100m superhub – which is capable of sorting 720,000 parcels per night – was delivered on time and on budget and will be fully operational ahead of this year’s Black Friday and Christmas Peak period.
In total, the project will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs in Hinckley with positions including; deck hands, parcel loaders, management, vehicle maintenance, HGV mechanics, security, admin and IT.
To mark the opening, DPD has also created a short film to show the progress of the build from the excavation of the original site to the stunning new building that exists today. The film can be viewed here: www.vimeo.com/dpdgroup/review/138852522/04a129a850