UK PARCEL carrier DPD will create 500 additional jobs after confirming plans to commence offering parcel services every day of the week from July 20.
The company will open fifty of its UK depots for business on Sundays for the first time, with drivers making deliveries between 9am and 5pm.
The move is expected to prove hugely popular with online retailers, enabling them to offer customers the flexibility to choose what day they receive their goods over the weekend, and will also mean DPD can collect business packages on a Saturday and ensure arrival the following day.
DPD says it will be able to offer 98 per cent UK coverage from day one of the new extended service and customers will also be able to take advantage of its Predict Service, which sends a text or email to the parcel recipient notifying them of their one-hour delivery time slot.
CEO Dwain McDonald said: “We know from talking to retailers and recipients that there is a real demand for Sunday deliveries. The majority of our larger customers in the retail sector are moving to a 24/7 operation, so we wanted to make sure they have a trusted delivery partner that can provide a full collection and delivery service every day of the week too.
“We are committed to an unrivalled programme of investments in the UK to ensure we have the smartest technology, the most up to date network infrastructure and the best people. Our weekend service is proof of how this can all come together to provide an unbeatable package for retailers looking to differentiate their delivery service.”