An Post has today opened its new €15m Dublin Parcel Hub in Clondalkin, Dublin 12.

The 50,000 square metre world-class logistics facility significantly increases An Post's parcel processing capacity as the company expands its global reach and digital capability.

120 people currently work at the Dublin Parcel Hub and An Post employs a further 500 people next door at the Dublin Mails Centre. This will increase to 880 during peak Christmas season. 

The new An Post technology enables 13,000 parcels to be processed every hour and changes the parcels operation from a manual set-up to a 90% automated process.  

The company's new Beumer technology is self-learning and can recognise all Irish locations.  

Following processing, parcels are despatched directly from the Dublin Parcel Hub to local delivery units.

An Post has a more than 40% market share of the Irish parcel market and has agreements in place to connect 280,000 Irish businesses to 200 countries worldwide through the global postal network.

Since Friday last, the DPH has handled more than one million parcels generated by online shoppers over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

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Garrett Bridgeman, Managing Director at An Post Mails & Parcels, said that with parcel volumes growing at 40% a year An Post needed to make a step change into parcel automation.

Mr Bridgeman said that An Post processed more than 30 million parcels last year - a 42% increase on the prior year as shoppers increasingly opted to buy goods online. 

"All the signs indicate another large volume increase this year and into the future. Indeed, today will be our single busiest single day ever in terms of parcels", he added.

Opening the hub today, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said that An Post is one of the staples of Irish life and it is great to see this investment to future-proof its business model. 

"In today's globalised economy, it is imperative for any country that wishes to stay ahead of the curve to invest in e-Commerce technologies, just as An Post is doing," he added.