DHL have launched what is sure to become one of the most significant freights hubs in Europe with their new Bochum depot. The new logistics center generates over 600 new job opportunities, and also stimulates the development of service quality.
As Christmas time is getting closer, customers in the area will benefit from the advantages the new parcel service brings, as they currently handle 20,000 orders per hour. The full potential of the new parcel service is due to be reached in 2020 when it will create over 600 job opportunities, and the capacity to handle shipments will go up to 50,000 per hour.
Together with the Obertshausen parcel center outside Frankfurt, Bochum parcel center will be one of the most powerful centers in Europe. Tobias Meyer, Corporate Board Member for Post & Paket Deutschland, declared that there will be more benefits for the business customers in the area, as they will be able to book late collections, and still be able to get a next day delivery across Germany. He also affirmed: "With its high level of sorting performance and use of innovative technology, the Bochum parcel center is making a major contribution to Deutsche Post DHL's German parcel network. This will enable us to fulfill our service promise to our customers in the region even more reliably as shipment volumes continue to rise. At the same time, we are delighted to be able to create jobs subject to social security contributions and covered by collective agreements at a logistically advantageous location in the Ruhr region and thereby play our part in the development of the region,"
Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, has spoken about the importance of investing in Ruhr area, and the benefits that come along with it : "The fact that DHL is opening one of Europe's most efficient parcel centers in Bochum is further proof of the attractiveness of the Ruhr region and strengthens North Rhine-Westphalia as a leading logistics location. Investments in the Ruhr region are worthwhile for companies - as the development of the former Opel site in Bochum, supported by state funding, once again demonstrates. DHL's investment is providing 600 people in the area with future-proof employment, and a large number of other companies will be creating thousands more jobs in the next few years. New companies, high innovation potential and well-paid jobs - that is exactly what the state government is giving momentum to through the Ruhr Conference. We want to quickly translate technical solutions from the laboratories into practice, be attractive to start-up entrepreneurs and use brownfield sites for new developments. The latter has been achieved on the Opel site in Bochum by companies such as DHL,"
Bochum's mayor, Thomas Eiskirch, pointed out the up-coming growth in the area, expected by 2020: "DHL's choice of location at Mark 51°7 was a strong signal of a new departure and a sign of confidence in the future viability of the city and the entire region. Bochum Perspective 2022 immediately prepared the ground, thereby laying the foundations for the revitalization of the area. Today, it is the site of one of the most efficient and state-of-the-art parcel centers in Europe. Soon, there will be 600 people working here, and soon also more than 6,000 in the complex as a whole. I am delighted that DHL has chosen Bochum as its business location, and that the success story of Mark 51°7 continues,"
Starting with March 2019 DHL’s main focus was to improve the quality of their services and until 2021 approximately EUR150 million will be invested in additional personnel, new services, improved shipment management and notifications, and 3,000 new DHL Packstations. With the new location in opened in Bochum, Deutsche Post DHL Group manages a network of 36 parcel centers in Germany, in which a total of around 1.2 million items can be handled during every hour of operation. Deutsche Post DHL Group already ships an average of around five million parcel items for its customers nationwide every working day. On peak days before Christmas, the number climbs to as many as 11 million parcels per day.
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