Thanks to a partnership between DPD Germany and the neighborhood platform nebenan.de, protecting the climate and getting to know your new neighbors at the same time will be the future.

Recipients of DPD parcels can now find their favorite neighbor on nebenan.de and ask directly whether the person concerned can take delivery of a parcel in transit. In just a few clicks, parcel recipients can now reach their neighbors who do not live in their own building. Another advantage of the cooperation is the success of the first deliveries and, therefore, the reduction of CO2 emissions harmful to the environment.

Michael Knaupe, Director of Customer Experience and Business Development at DPD Germany, points out:

“With this cooperation, we are focusing strongly on innovation and sustainability. Our clear objective is to make life easier for parcel recipients by enabling them to network with the neighborhood, and to make a difference in social and sustainability terms by achieving a high rate of deliveries on the first attempt.

A study commissioned by DPD Germany highlights the relevance of cooperation for recipients of individual parcels. For example, almost one in two people between the ages of 18 and 49 have parcels delivered even during extended absences such as vacations. However, delivering parcels to random neighbors is not very popular. Instead, when they themselves are away, nearly 50% of survey participants would prefer their parcels to be left with neighbors they know personally. Only around 12% of respondents were happy to have their packages delivered to randomly selected neighbors. According to the study, nearly half of those surveyed have a guilty conscience if their parcel deliveries are entrusted to such neighbors during an extended absence. DPD Germany and nebenan.de have therefore launched the new delivery option in order to meet the need of parcel recipients for reliable delivery, to avoid pangs of conscience and to reduce the negative environmental impact of unsuccessful delivery attempts.

“The “Parcel neighbors” project brings the neighborhood closer together: the neighbors get to know each other better, first online and then offline, and help each other in their daily lives. This strengthens local solidarity.

says Ina Remmers, founder of nebenan.de.