14/12/2015

200 New Jobs Announced In DPD Ireland Expansion

Two hundred new jobs are to be created as part of a €13 million expansion announced by DPD Ireland.

DPD has announced that it is to double the size of its Athlone headquarters, creating a total of 200 new jobs over the next five years, with 70 of those jobs expected to be filled by Christmas.

On completion, the expansion will enable the company to triple its daily hub handling capacity from 60,000 to 150,000. Positions include sorting technicians, drivers and administrative staff and will be located at the Head Quarters in Athlone and throughout the country. 

Brendan O'Neill, CEO of DPD Ireland said: "Our vision for DPD Ireland is as ambitious as ever. The expansion itself involves an investment of over €13 million in our headquarters in Athlone. Online shopping is dramatically increasing, with Irish consumers expecting to spend over €13 billion on e-commerce by 2020. Our business plan reflects this change in consumer behavior. 

"We recently invested €1.9 million in our company's IT scanning system which ensures that we maintain our position at the forefront of innovation in delivery technology." 

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, added: "Online trading is growing rapidly in Ireland and across the world, and this offers massive opportunities to Irish businesses. Reports indicate that Irish consumers are spending over €6billion online each year. We have put in place a range of measures through our Action Plan for Jobs to support Irish businesses to take greater advantage of this massive euro opportunity. Today's very welcome announcement by DPD that it is creating 200 extra jobs as a result of this growth is an important boost for the midlands, and provides a great example of what is possible in this area. We will continue to work hard to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by online trading for Irish business and jobs."

(MH/LM)

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