Program of Requirements

April 6, 2016 2641


PostNL Parcels is a subsidiary of PostNL, a mail, parcel and e-commerce corporation with operations in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Formerly a subsidiary of TNT N.V., it became an independent company upon TNT’s demerger in May 2011.

Online shopping continues to drive the volume growth in parcels. In order to accommodate this growth, PostNL invests in the coming years in a new parcels infrastructure throughout the Netherlands that caters for a further 40% volume increase. The new infrastructure consist of seventeen new hybrid facilities that combine the function of sorting and (regional) distribution of parcels. Four of these locations have also a cross dock facility. A logistics blue print was needed for these facilities

Discussions and workshops with PostNL to define the logistics starting points and building related needs and for the blue print. Alternative models for the lay-out were developed and compared.
Programs of Requirements for the two types of blue print, hybrid and hybrid with cross dock, was developed including drawings. Also drawings were made for several locations to check the suitability of the plots PostNL intents to purchase.


  • Workshop discussion between PostNL project team and Groenewout in developing the final blue print design.
  • Program of Requirements as basis for tendering and contracting of the seventeen projects with developers and building companies.
  • Lay-out design as a help with acquiring building plots.


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Consulting firm with over 50 years of experience.

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Availability of a European logistics database with benchmark figures on transportation and warehouse costs.

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Full scope expertise on network design, as well as warehouse design (conceptual layout, logistics - and storage equipment) and logistics building design (engineering and investment calculations).

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