DHL Parcel has acquired Instabox Netherlands and Red Je Pakketje, which were declared bankrupt on 09 November, and will take over all parcel safes, roll containers, computers and sorting machines.
Instabox’s nearly 1,000 parcel safes are scattered around the Netherlands, including at stores and sports clubs. Some of the lockers have not yet been installed, DHL said it will do that in the near future.
Furthermore, the acquisition of Instabox’s parcel lockers will increase the total network of manned and unmanned service points for picking up and dropping off parcels to more than 5,000.
Wouter van Benten, CEO Benelux of DHL Parcel, said: “Thanks to the acquisition of the parcel safes and other equipment from the Instabox and Red Je Pakketje estate, DHL can accelerate the nationwide rollout of parcel safes. This is good news for senders and recipients of parcels.”
An agreement has also been reached with DHL that will see it make every effort to help as many former employees as possible to find suitable new jobs. A mobility centre will be set up for the former employees of Instabox and Save Your Parcel. Information days will also be organised for them at various locations around the Netherlands.
“We are happy to engage with former employees of the bankrupt companies to see if they can continue their careers with DHL. As an employer with 18,000 employees in the Netherlands, that should have a good chance of success,”added van Benten.