We stimulate employee innovation
No-one knows our business better than our employees. Giving employees the opportunity to develop and share new business ideas is the best way to be innovative and remain a leader in the CEP industry.
Our innovation and CSR departments are joining forces with our parent company Le Groupe La Poste, and participating in its “20 projects for 2020” initiative. This annual initiative encourages employees to submit their boldest and most innovative ideas. Winners have the opportunity to develop their project within the group and receive 12 months of support to demonstrate its business potential, with a view to creating a subsidiary. Since 2014, more than 3,000 employees have taken part, submitting over 1,000 projects.
Below are examples of internal entrepreneurship at DPDgroup:
Ex-key account manager at Chronopost, now co-founder of Accola
I co-created Accola, a project that draws on the community spirit of neighbours to make urban delivery more effective. Accola ensures parcels are delivered when the recipients are away by entrusting their parcels to trustworthy neighbours.
We participated in Le Groupe La Poste’s “20 projects for 2020” initiative, and as one of the chosen projects, we received financial backing from the group and benefited from its expertise through mentoring programmes. The great thing about it was that it allowed us to tap into a huge network of professionals willing to help: a wide range of La Poste’s employees helped us strengthen our project by sharing insights and advice. In addition, we were given the opportunity to work full time on our enterprise, transforming our idea into a tangible start-up.
We have already run a pilot project in two areas of the Ile-de-France region in October 2017. Following this success, with a 15% increase in ‘first delivery’ success rate and a 75% drop in parcels returned to the post office compared to standard delivery, we will roll out an extended pilot in September 2018.
Ex-international director for Pickup and founder of KeyOpsTech
We came up with KeyOpsTech along with my business partner and fellow DPDgroup employee, Leonel de la Bretesche. After working in remote, rural areas in India, we decided to develop a solution to enable parcel delivery in areas with no reliable transport infrastructure.
Our digital solution connects formal and informal transport actors, tracking the exchange and delivery of post and parcels all the way from the sender to the recipient. We ensure security in parcel transactions through an innovative, patented operating mobile app and methodology, offering the best possible user experience, including customer notification, real-time parcel tracking and secure collection.
Without DPDgroup’s financial and legal support, we simply wouldn’t have been able to set it up so fast. DPDgroup is now the main shareholder.
While we currently solely operate in the Ivory Coast, our aim is to be present in 15 African countries in the next five years.