DPD (Dynamic Parcel Distribution) are ranked as one of the leading business-to-business delivery services in Europe. A subsidiary of French company GeoPost – who also own competitor Interlink – DPD are typical in having their own dedicated depots nationwide that provide the framework for their distribution network.
While largely dealing with corporate clients, the company also offers courier services to the public – however, in the UK they lag behind FedEx, DHL and even Royal Mail in this regard. However, due to the success of its B2B services, online retailers such as ASOS often prefer to use DPD to deliver orders, so most households have some experiencing of interacting with DPD.
Currently, DPD have their own fleet of 2,100 delivery vans and 470 trucks, servicing 49 central despatch centres around Britain. Though they also provide delivery to Europe and the wider world, this is done through a network of related GeoPost companies rather than by DPD themselves.
Although they are far from the largest business in the industry, DPD’s infrastructure is generally thought to be more advanced than those of their rivals. One of the most favourably reviewed aspects of their service is the ability to track the delivery of every parcel DPD deal with through an up-to-the-second GPS port – giving the current location of the van holding the package and an estimated time of arrival.