ROYAL Mail says up to 50 jobs are expected to be created at its Parkgate depot as it announced a £75 million national expansion plan.
The Parcelforce Worldwide unit at Parkgate Business Park is one of nine sites around the country which will be either expanded or moved to a different site under the initiative.
The company says the four year investment programme for its UK express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide (PFW), will create a total of 1,000 new UK jobs. The total UK express parcels market is currently worth £5.8 billion a year or 1.1 billion items.
Royal Mail Group’s Chief Executive Moya Greene said: “Our £75 million investment is part of Royal Mail Group’s strategy to grow its parcels businesses in the UK and overseas. Our strategy is to convert the rise in parcel volumes in to profitable growth. That means becoming a much more customer-focused company being run on commercial lines and investing in new, vital technology.”
The expansion is part of Royal Mail Group’s strategy to grow its parcels businesses in the UK and overseas.
In the last reported financial year, Royal Mail Group’s parcels businesses accounted for 48 per cent (£4.2 billion) of total revenues (excluding Post Office Ltd). Recent research suggests that online retailing will account for 12.4 per cent of GDP in 2016 (source: Boston Consulting Group)
The Royal Mail Group investment means a new parcel processing centre will be opened in Chorley in autumn 2013 in addition to the existing hub in Coventry. Two new depots will be opened in Cornwall and Hampshire with a further nine existing depots either expanded or moved to larger sites over the next four years. There will also be a significant investment in IT as legacy systems are replaced
Parcelforce Worldwide provides parcel services to the business-to-business, business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer market segments. Parcelforce Worldwide has one of the highest quality of service performances in the UK express parcels market, with a first-time delivery rate of 96.8 per cent (source: Royal Mail Group Annual Report 2011-12)