Fleet forward: DPD Invests in South Africa

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By Jason Lombard, CEO of DPD

What South Africa needs now at this pivotal point in our history is commitment. If we come together, which we have consistently proven we can over the last 30 years, we can surprise the world. In the last few weeks since the elections, we have even surprised ourselves. From this new springboard of greater unity, we have a fresh opportunity to course correct. Slowly but surely we are seeing investment in green electrons which will eventually bid load shedding goodbye.

South Africa will be changed by leadership, and by investment. In infrastructure, healthcare, education, security, and of course commerce. We are seeing a dramatic shift in digital business, which has given birth to a boost in many sectors, many of whom need trusted partners to grow, which in turn drives employment. At DPD, we have been a key part of traveling that all-important last mile to ensure transactions are complete, playing a vital role in the transportation of vaccines during the pandemic, right through to getting birthday gifts across a river in Mdumbi.

This week, I am excited to announce a significant milestone in our journey – the investment in a new fleet of vehicles. This strategic move underscores our commitment to support South African businesses and the burgeoning ecommerce sector. As we drive forward with boldness and ambition, this investment symbolises our dedication to fostering growth and enhancing our service capabilities. We have to commit to this as a sign of commitment to partners like MyRunway, with whom we have journeyed over ten years, since they first opened their doors.

A Commitment to Excellence and Innovation

DPD’s success is built on our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. Our new fleet represents the latest in logistics technology, designed to improve efficiency, reduce delivery times, and enhance the overall customer experience. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and local expertise, we continue to provide flexible and user-friendly products and services, ensuring that doing business with us remains perfectly convenient.

As one of South Africa’s leading express courier companies, DPD has proudly served the nation for over 30 years. Specialising in time-definite express delivery services for letters and parcels up to 30kgs, we cater to both B2B and B2C (ecommerce) segments within South Africa and international markets. With a robust national footprint of

30 branches, 1300 employees, and over 750 vehicles.

Geopost, our majority shareholder, operates in 49 countries across all continents through a network of expert delivery brands. With 57 000 emphasis worldwide, Geopost is dedicated to making commerce more convenient, profitable, and sustainable for customers and communities, delivering 8.4 millions parcels per day.

Driving Support

Our investment in this new fleet is not merely about expanding our capabilities; it is a testament to our belief in the potential of South African businesses and the vibrant ecommerce sector. Ecommerce, in particular, has been a specialised focus area for DPD. Our solutions, designed by a specialist team with over a decade of international and domestic etailing experience, prioritise the customer’s experience. Just last year we delivered our millionth parcel for Cotton On.

As an extension of our customers’ brand, we understand the integral role we play in customer loyalty. Our new fleet will enable us to provide even more reliable and efficient services, meeting the evolving demands of the ecommerce market. Tailored Solutions. Diverse Needs. DPD’s Business division is dedicated to B2B clients, offering tailored and efficient express courier services. Our comprehensive network and technology-driven approach ensure a secure, controlled delivery process with real-time visibility and enhanced security measures. This investment in our fleet will further streamline B2B logistics, allowing us to better serve businesses with diverse distribution needs.

In the healthcare sector, our specialist team, backed by Geopost’s established healthcare delivery solutions, ensures compliance and performance standards of the highest calibre. Our new vehicles are equipped to meet the stringent requirements of healthcare logistics, reinforcing our position as a trusted partner in this critical field.

For the print media industry, DPD’s dedicated division handles the collection and delivery of printed media to large retail stores across Southern Africa. Our customised system and passionate team understand the unique demands of this sector. The new fleet will enhance our ability to deliver timely and accurately, maintaining the high standards our customers expect.

Moving Forward Together

Every commitment that we make towards better business, more employment nudges the needle for South Africa. The ripple effect of one job changes a household, the delivery of a parcel on time builds trust and belief in our industries, and even the investment of one company into new vehicles shows hope and optimism in an ever-evolving country.

Change is possible when we work together, slowly but surely, everyone doing their part.