Nestlé and XPO Logistics have started a collaborative project to begin the construction of a 638,000-square-foot distribution centre in Leicestershire, UK.
The custom-designed distribution centre will be owned by XPO but will be occupied predominantly with Nestle’s consumer packaged goods brands such as KitKat, Nescafé and Maggi.
According to Nestlé, the facility should be completed by 2020 and will feature advanced sorting systems and robotics alongside state-of-the-art automation technology, which was co-developed by XPO and Swisslog Logistics Automation.
XPO Logistics says that the facility will allow the efficient distribution of goods as the site has direct access to the M1 motorway, is located close to the East Midlands airport and has an on-site rail terminal with links to the ports of Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway and the Channel Tunnel.
Nestlé director of supply chain David Hix said: “We are thrilled to be working with XPO Logistics to build a flagship digital warehouse and technology laboratory at the East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park.
“This is a world-first investment for Nestlé that builds on a century and a half of proud history in this country.
“Our partnership with XPO will encourage innovation and experimentation in our UK logistics operations and help future-proof our business.
“We will be able to be even more responsive for our customers across our brands, which include some of the most recognisable in the world.”
Richard Cawston, managing director, supply chain XPO Logistics Europe added: “Nestlé has entrusted XPO with the digital architecture for its future vision.
“Together, we will create limitless opportunities to explore new technologies in a state-of-the-art logistics environment.
“The new East Midlands centre will operate as both a think tank and a launch pad for XPO innovations, with far-reaching impacts on the way business is done. We look forward to an inventive collaboration with Nestlé.”
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