Friday, October 4, 2013

New Parcel Distribution Hub for Logistics Operator

At 50,000 Square Metres the Largest in the Country
Shipping News Feature

CZECH REPUBLIC – Professional Parcel Logistics (PPL), a fully-owned subsidiary of DHL Freight, has opened the largest parcel hub in the Czech Republic, measuring 50,000 square metres including 12,000 square metres of warehouses, depot buildings and administration, all of which cost DHL a total of €24.7 million. The new terminal, located in Rícany-Jazlovice, serves as the new central hub for parcel shipments and as a regional depot for the area east of Prague and Central Bohemia.

The facility is situated in a geographically advantageous location very close to Highway D1. Compared to the former hub, hourly capacity of sorted shipments has risen from four thousand to fourteen thousand parcels per hour and even up to eighteen thousand shipments per hour when merged with the depot´s sorting technology. There are over 190 loading and unloading ramps for trucks and vans available and the comprehensive roller conveyer system reaches a length of almost 3 kilometres with a maximum speed of 3 metres per second. Stefano Arganese, CEO DHL Freight Central Eastern Southern Europe and Americas, Middle East, Africa, said:

"The need for a bigger and better parcel hub was driven by a continuous growth of B2B and B2C parcel shipments in recent years. The new capacity and the cutting edge sorting technology allow us to cope with the growing volume of shipments and strengthen our position as a market leader for fast shipments in the Czech Republic."

By opening the new central hub, DHL Freight and PPL aim to offer customers a faster, more flexible and reliable service and together with the broad range of products and services the new facility is intended to significantly strengthen the company's position on the parcel market.