Put your money on DPD: DPD tops Money Saving Expert's customer satisfaction poll for fourth year running
The UK's favourite parcel delivery company DPD has been voted the best in the business for the fourth year running, in Money Saving Expert's customer satisfaction survey.
Over 11,350 people took part in the poll on Martyn Lewis' site to find the best (and worst) parcel delivery firms. Conducted just after the Christmas and January Sales peak, the poll asked people to rate the performance of all the major UK delivery firms, based on their own experiences with each company over the past year.
DPD was the clear winner with 71percent of voters rating their service as 'great'. In fact, the nearest competitor (Royal Mail) was some 22 percentage points behind on 49percent. ‘Great' scores for the other major carrier companies included 47percent for both UPS and Collect Plus; Parcelforce and DHL at 41percent, while Hermes/myHermes scored 30percent. UK Mail scored 25percent and Yodel 18percent.
The full survey results can be found on the Money Saving Expert website.
Recognition for DPD's services in recent years has included a prestigious Queen's Award for Innovation, a ‘Special Award' from consumer champion Which? for consistently high customer satisfaction scores, a top 25 ranking in The Sunday Times ‘Best Big Companies to Work For 2016', the Customer Focus Award in the National Business Awards a record three times and an unprecedented 10 Motor Transport awards in the last three years.
In the last 12 months, DPD has launched the unique ‘Your DPD' app which enables customers to set their own delivery preferences including the ability to request that drivers always avoid certain times of the day such as the school run and ‘DPD Precise' which allows customers to select an exact one-hour delivery slot on the day of their choosing. Initially launched with online fashion retailer ASOS, ‘DPD Precise' has since been rolled out to more retailers including New Look and Boohoo.
In addition, DPD extended its DPD Pickup parcel shop network to include Sainsbury's and Matalan. Customers can opt to divert a delivery to their nearest DPD Pickup parcel shop from a range of ‘in-flight options' which also include ‘deliver to a specific neighbour' and ‘leave in a specified safe place'.
Dwain McDonald, DPD's CEO commented, "When over 11,000 people are voting, just after your busiest time of year, and you come top by a mile, you have to step back and say; ‘we're clearly doing something right'! But being DPD, we won't be resting on these or any other laurels for long. Parcel delivery is a tough, tough industry and we will have to be at the top of our game again in 2017.
"We're number one because we continually invest and innovate. We work with the best businesses and retailers in the UK, and our aim is to keep coming up with new ideas and services that keep us one step ahead of everyone else. Delivering a great service comes down to a lot of different things - our people, our technology, our infrastructure - and we have to get these things right, over and over again.
"Winning the Money Saving Expert poll by such a big margin is a fantastic endorsement of our service and our people. Everyone in the organisation has contributed enormously over the last year, but once again, I'd like to dedicate this achievement to our drivers who hit their one-hour delivery slots day after day after day. It's that level of consistency throughout the company that customers really appreciate."
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DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.