27 May 2021

DPD & Radius Group laid the foundation stone for the construction of a high-tech logistics complex

Moscow, May 27, 2021 - A ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction of the DPD hi-tech logistics complex in South Gate Industrial Park. The event was attended by Anton Loginov, Deputy Minister of Investment, Industry and Science of Moscow Region, Alexander Dvoinykh, Head of Administration of Domodedovo urban district, top managers of DPD and Radius Group. New hub will be put into operation in 1st quarter of next year. Operations are scheduled to start in 3rd quarter of next year.

The DPD terminal, the largest in Eastern Europe and the CIS, will be located in the South Gate Industrial park which is certified to BREEAM and LEED international standards for energy efficiency and environmental performance. The area of the logistics complex will be 30 thousand square meters, which will be enough for the company's operations for the next 12 years.

The main advantage of the new terminal is a unique dual-loop sorting line from FIVES Intralogistics, which will sort up to 25,000 parcels per hour. It will enable palletless loading of vehicles: the new line will automatically route the sorted parcels through 'sleeves' directly to the load, saving time in handling the items. The increase in carriage size and maximum handling weight will allow larger and heavier parcels to be sorted without the use of manual labour. 

FIVES Intralogistics' sorting line is already being used successfully in Europe by Geopost, the parent company of DPD. The innovative development will provide a platform for the development of DPD's high-tech production in Russia.

Anna Matveeva, Director of Operations, DPD Russia:

"At the end of 2019, we opened a distribution centre in the north of Moscow, near Iksha. Now it's time to step up in the south. The complex, the foundation stone of which we laid today, will replace the terminal in Domodedovo, which has been in operation since 2016. The new hub is three times larger in terms of area and capacity. The volume of shipments is increasing every year, so we have to speed up and use high-tech automated solutions to ensure that the growing number of parcels is handled quickly, smoothly and with high quality.

Zakhar Valkov, Radius Group CEO:

"The DPD warehouse complex is a complex technological facility and is being built to individual specifications. There are increased requirements for the quality of the floor and its workloads, as well as loads on the life-support systems and energy systems, a higher level of lighting and much more. We are implementing a fundamentally new hub, equipped with digitalization and automation systems, with a sophisticated and technologically advanced ecosystem. The new DPD warehouse will be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Only safe quality materials will be used in its construction, which will ensure the most comfortable environment for the company's employees to work and rest. We will create a facility which will allow the largest private express delivery operator in Russia to carry out logistics operations in an efficient and timely manner and to complete orders on time.

Alexander Vladimirovich Dvoinykh, Head of Domodedovo City District Administration:

"A new project is starting in Domodedovo, which is connected not only with the creation of new jobs for the residents of the district, but also with great prospects for the development of the entire Moscow region. Both Radius Group and DPD, the world's largest logistics operator, are reliable partners for us. Now, thanks to their long-term cooperation, Domodedovo will become the largest DPD platform in Russia. It is important that these are completely new formats and approaches to the organization of warehouse infrastructure and logistics.

I would like to thank the Ministry of Investments, Industry and Science of Moscow region for the great teamwork and support that allows to realize large-scale projects on the territory of our city district.

The terminal will be equipped with biometric access and an advanced video surveillance system. Around 1,000 people will work in four shifts. The employees will use eco-friendly modes of transport - scooters and bicycles - to move around the terminal, and the production waste will be recycled for reuse.