DPD Ireland, the country’s largest parcel delivery company, is to recruit 100 additional staff to meet “a phenomenal increase in demand” due to Covid-19.
DPD Ireland is part of DPD group – the second largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. Chief Executive, Des Travers said its volumes have “gone through the roof” with deliveries of electrical goods up 800%, pet food up 300% and sports equipment up 225%.
Travers said deliveries are continuing to increase week on week, with most shops closed, and more and more consumers turning to the internet to shop. Parcel volumes have exceeded those handled on Black Friday weekend 2019, with the company experiencing its busiest parcel volume throughput ever through its Athlone Central Sortation hub on Tuesday.
Commenting on the expansion, Travers said, "In the last month we have increased the number of drivers in the network by 115 to 1,100. However, that’s not enough, we need more. He said the company was looking to hire 100 additional drivers, adding that it was looking for people over the age of 25, with previous delivery experience and a full licence to apply for driver positions on their website."
He added, "Our hub has plenty of capacity. The expansion in 2018 and subsequent deployment of additional chutes in Q4 last year means that we can handle the increased volume easily."