PostNL has put into operation its new 7,600 sq m parcel sorting centre in Tilburg in the Netherlands. The company estimated that around 32,000 parcels will be delivered daily in and around the area, including Waalwijk, Boxtel, Rijen, Hilvarenbeek and Reusel and that the new facility will employ approximately 350 people in the region.
Together with the sorting centres that PostNL opened in Dordrecht and Almere, this is the third facility that PostNL opened in the Netherlands this year, as well as its 25th in the country. The new Tilburg centre will be part of a network also including six locations in Belgium with the purpose to optimise the delivery process for the Netherlands and Belgium in the growing parcel market and carry out deliveries seven days a week across these countries.
According to PostNL, the new sorting centre in Tilburg has been recognised as a building with minimal environmental impact. As well as using sustainable materials, the solar panels on the roof generate approximately half of the electricity needed to sort the parcels at this location. It is hoped that some of the parcels will be delivered completely emission-free by using electric delivery vans. The premises have been specially equipped with smart charging infrastructure to charge them. PostNL said that is aiming for completely CO₂-free mail and parcel delivery in 25 city centres by 2025 and an emission-free last mile throughout the Benelux by 2030.
Liesbeth Kaashoek, Director of Parcels and Logistics at PostNL said: “With this new parcel sorting centre, we are responding to the growth in e-commerce and investing in the optimisation of our parcel and logistics infrastructure, and we are entering the busy Christmas period well prepared. Furthermore, we are contributing to the Municipality of Tilburg’s ambition to create sustainable employment opportunities.” In 2018, PostNL delivered 251m parcels.
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