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Delivery firm to create 6,000 new jobs

Parcel delivery firm DPD is set to create 6,000 new jobs in response to the boom in online sales during lockdown.

With non-essential retailers shut for nearly three months, we've all been left with no choice but to shop online. And DPD believes the growth in deliveries will continue, even though shops have started to reopen, as reported by Sky.

The company, which works with big name retailers like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Amazon and Morrisons, will recruit 3,500 new drivers and 2,500 other positions, including warehouse roles.

To meet the demand for next-day deliveries, it is investing £200m this year, including £60m on 15 new regional depots - 10 more than originally planned for 2020.

The move is another indication how the impact of Covid-19 has accelerated the shift in retail away from the high street towards more online orders.

DPD said it is preparing for a 'new normal' with an even greater reliance on online deliveries and e-commerce.

Its new new investments and recruitment will be in place before the shopping peak of Black Friday and Christmas.

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