DHL wants to significantly increase the number of Packstations through cooperation with Deutsche Bahn.
The Packstation at Leipzig Central Station is one of the largest in Germany.
© DB AG / Oliver Lang
DHL wants to set up new packing stations at around 800 train stations in Germany. A corresponding cooperation is starting and the project should be completed by the end of 2023, as DHL announced on Thursday.
The first packing station as part of the cooperation has now been opened at Leipzig Central Station. Around 135,000 rail passengers a day benefit from this packing station. The special feature: With 241 compartments, it is one of the largest packing stations in Germany. This packing station can be found on the upper floor of the train station at the entrance to the S-Bahn station in the city tunnel.
The number of Packstations increases from 9,000 to 15,000
There are currently over 9,000 Packstations in Germany. DHL wants to increase this number to around 15,000 Packstations by the end of 2023.
The majority of the new Packstations should be at the train stations before the end of this year. “Train stations as central hubs in the middle of the city are ideal locations for the new Packstations. With the new Click & Collect service ‘Box – Die Abholstation’ we are making our stations even more attractive for our guests,” says Bernd Koch, CEO of DB Station & Service Ltd.
From the end of 2022, customers should be able to pick up and return goods from retailers at the station regardless of delivery and opening times. To this end, the Smart City | DB a new Click & Collect service. Online shops and retailers can then, for the first time, deliver to a part of the Packstation independently of the delivery company.
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