A delivery firm and owner of B&Q came up with an expansion strategy in order to get a handle of the surge in online buying in lockdown.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a surging demand for home deliveries in the UK, hence the delivery firm DPD and B&Q owner Kingfisher are hiring more than 7,500 workers.
As part of a £200m investment in expanding its next-day parcel-delivery service, DPD is planning to hire 6,000 workers, including HGV drivers, warehouse staff, managers, as well as support staff such as mechanics.
The chief executive of the DPD, Dwain McDonald, said: “We are experiencing the biggest boom in online retailing in the UK’s history.”
He mentioned that the increasing demand was from the existing retail customers, as well as new clients who are developing home delivery services so that they continue operating during the lockdown.
The coronavirus lockdown has given rise to substantial sale of home gardening and electrical goods. In the month of April garden sales rose 288% and more than 162% in May compared with last year. Electrical sales doubled and homewares rose 84%.
Following a dramatic increase in online sales of more than 200% in April and May, Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix said they are employing 3,00 to 4,000 workers, about half of whom would be in the UK.
The chief executive of the Kingfisher, Thierry Garnier said: “These are temporary roles across the summer but we will continue to watch what happens.”
According to the digital retail body IMRG, online sales in the UK, excluding food, rose by a third in the month of May, after a rise of nearly one quarter in the month of April.