DHL expands in Poland

On 01MAR24, the DHL Group inaugurated a large logistics center in Robakowo, near Poznan, located halfway between Berlin and Warsaw. The parcel sorting facility, a joint project of DHL eCommerce, Post & Parcel Germany, and DHL Freight, is designed to deliver enhanced service quality and faster lead times to customers. With an investment of around 180 million euros, the new facility spans an area of 32,000 sqm, equivalent to the size of five soccer fields. It features 3,000 meters of conveyor belts and a sorting capacity of 45,000 parcels per hour and provides employment for around 500 staff. In addition, DHL Freight operates a terminal dedicated to processing palletized shipments and less-than-container-load cargo for its Polish and European customers.

Happy faces at DHL in Poznan (l > r) Agnieszka Swierszcz, CEO DHL eCommerce Poland, Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight, Tobias Meyer, CEO DHL Group, Pablo Ciano, CEO DHL eCommerce, Nikola Hagleitner, CEO Post & Parcel Germany

The new Poznan hub will have direct linehaul connections to all DHL parcel hubs in Germany, Poland, and many other European countries, ensuring seamless connectivity. The collaboration between DHL eCommerce and Post & Parcel Germany unlocks the potential to handle a combined volume of 1 million parcels daily during peak times.

The new logistics center was constructed in alignment with DHL’s sustainability strategy, emphasizing a commitment to reduce its ecological footprint. It has a photovoltaic system that provides one-third of the facility’s energy needs. The remainder is supplied by purchased green power, minimizing the use of fossil energy. The facility uses a variety of environmentally friendly transportation solutions. Electric trucks move trailers and containers, eliminating exhaust and engine noise. The center also has 40 charging stations for electric cars, vans and trucks. An automated traffic management system monitoring processes at entrances and exits reduces vehicle waiting times and minimizes noise and emissions.

In recent times, Poland has emerged as a pivotal gateway for e-commerce in Europe, with major brands and e-tailers setting up shops within the country. The domestic parcel market, driven by the relentless surge in online sales, has also experienced extraordinary growth – nearly 120% over the past five years.

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