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CouriersPlease opens major depots to accommodate growing market

Leading parcel delivery service CouriersPlease (CP) has opened two new relocated logistics facilities in major Australian cities, as it invests in infrastructure to accommodate for future growth in parcel deliveries in tandem with the growth in eCommerce.

CP delivered more than 17 million parcels Australia-wide and internationally in 2016 alone, and the two new locations in Perth and Melbourne will be key logistics facilities for the business as it expands its reach in Australia and overseas.

Located in the new $440 million logistics hub Drystone Industrial Estate, CP’s relocated state-of-the-art logistics facility in Truganina, Victoria will bring an estimated 50 new jobs to the local area over the next few years in departments including network, Franchisees, customer experience, and administration.

Developed by Charter Hall Group and Commercial and Industrial Property, Drystone Industrial Estate is home to other distribution centres for major Australian companies, including Kmart, The Reject Shop and Rand.

The Truganina site replaces CP’s Port Melbourne depot, and with its existing Mulgrave facility, will provide the business with complete east-west coverage of Melbourne. The site is 29,000 square metres in total, with 12,500 square metres under the roof, and will accommodate over 160 courier vehicles. Additional bay spaces are allocated to accommodate future growth.

The second recently opened logistics facility is located in the inner south-eastern Perth suburb of Welshpool. The new 4,043 square metre site will be the hub of delivery activity for Perth and Western Australia, and will employ nine staff and recruit a further 42 Franchisees.

Boasting a 3,443 square metre warehouse, with a 600 square metre office space – and room to expand a further 2,000 square metres in the future – the logistics facility will allow for greater access directly into the CBD and both north and south of the city. Close to main arterial routes such as Orrong Road, Welshpool Road, Leach Highway and Tonkin highway, delivery drivers will be able to easily navigate Perth and its surrounding areas.

The logistics facilities are two of three that the business has relocated in the last 12 months, to accommodate the increase in parcel numbers. In September last year, CP opened the relocated Brisbane depot in Salisbury. A new Adelaide depot is set to open in Marleston later this year.

CEO of CP, Mark McGinley, said: “CP has relocated our logistics facilities in major capital cities in order to accommodate the significant growth in the volume of parcels moving throughout our network. Our commitment in moving to the west of Melbourne has stemmed from it being a massive growth corridor with some of the highest rates of online shopping in the country. Our new Welshpool depot gives us greater coverage of the city and a larger warehouse space for logistics operations, allowing us to bring a better service to our customers. With room for future expansion, we hope to bring more jobs and opportunities to the local community.”