Parcel delivery chain DHL will invest £156m into its UK operations to meet a growing demand for British products overseas.
Its biggest investment in the UK for 14 years comes on the back of rising demand for Made in Britain goods from overseas markets and the growing ecommerce sector.
The two locations to receive the largest spend are its East Midlands Airport hub and southern hub site near Heathrow, at a cost of £90m and £32m respectively. [getting info on what this is being spent on]
Sites in Manchester, Croydon and Sheffield will receive additional warehousing, sorting facilities and upgraded operational processes to cut transit times for parcels. The upgrades will be completed by 2016.
Phil Couchman, chief executive of DHL Express in the UK & Ireland, said: “Developing our infrastructure will allow us to cater for future demand.”
UK retailers are experiencing a 20% year-on-year increase in the number of orders from overseas shoppers, figures from the IMRG MetaPack UK Delivery Index revealed in June. If this trend continues at the same rate, the number of cross-border packages from the UK would more than double from 161 million this year to 384 million by 2017.