Parcel delivery company DPD has opened a new logistics centre in Estonia, featuring state-of-the-art sorting equipment.
The new EUR 2m terminal on the Rae Industrial Park in Taevavärava will provide the company with the opportunity to virtually double its parcel volumes over the next five years.
It includes 2,038.8 square meters of floorspace, with an additional 822.2 square meters of office space.
The company said the new facility would mean courier deliveries being handled more quickly, with extra capacity allowing for “significantly” larger volumes to be handled.
DPD currently delivers around 2m parcels a year in Estonia.
“If we speed up the handling of parcels during the delivery process by just a single second, it means a time saving of more than 555 hours annually,” said DPD Eesti managing director Tarmo Tael.
“This is definitely of great value both to our customers and to us, because time is money for everybody.”
The new facility has been designed and built since early 2011 on behalf of DPD by Astlanda Ehitus OÜ.
It provides better working and living conditions for employees and, according to the DPD managing director, customers will also benefit.
DPD said the plant’s new parcel sorting technology will provide the company with capacity as its parcel services grow in Estonia.
Rainer Rohtla, manager of development projects at DPD Eesti, said: “In our previous terminal the parcel sorting capacity was 2,000 to 2,400 parcels per hour, depending on the nature of the parcels. In the new Taevavärava terminal this will be approximately one and a half to two times faster, which means we should be able to sort 4,500 parcels per hour.”
Rohtla said the capability for handling pallets will also increase significantly in the new building.
“In making the investment we considered the specifics of the local market. It is important for us that the facilities we use should provide the best possible benefits to our customers and the owners,” he said.
DPD, part of La Poste’s GeoPost Group, delivers packages from 19 EU member states to Estonia.