Local MP Jack Lopesti visited the DHL Express Service Centre at Cribbs Causeway recently to hear about DHL’s work, the challenges and opportunities they face and their plans for the future.
DHL opened the Bristol Service Centre over ten years ago, and have seen their operations grow to the point where they now employ 50 people and make over 1,700 customer visits per day. The Centre’s drivers cover an area from Yeovil in the south to Gloucestershire in the north.
Mr Lopresti heard about the challenges that the business faces, in particular on local congestion and aviation. However, the DHL team are meeting such challenges head on and expressed support for some of the measures recently announced by the Government to improve transport infrastructure.
Across DHL’s business units, the company is working hard to reduce vehicle miles and congestion. In Bristol this includes running the DHL Supply Chain Consolidation Centre which reduces the number of lorries entering the city centre by consolidating into a single vehicle the many lorry deliveries that are made by different retailers to sites across the city centre. This operation has resulted in 300,000 fewer vehicle kilometres being travelled and over 30,000 tonnes of cardboard and plastic being collected and recycled since the site opened in 2004.
The MP said:
“I would like to thank DHL for inviting me to visit their Service Centre at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol. I found the visit very interesting, and I am pleased that DHL continues to innovate new ways to make deliveries into our city centres and help reduce urban congestion.
“I am pleased that the Government has also been able to find the money to make infrastructure improvements that will improve DHL’s ability to do business, whilst also decreasing congestion for local residents and other road users.”