UPS has officially opened its £120mn ($162mn) ‘London Hub’, making it one of the company’s largest ever single infrastructure investments outside of the United States.
The 32,000 square metre package sorting and delivery facility in the south east of England spans the space of approximately five football pitches and will create 500 jobs.
Located at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, the new building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour and room for further expansion.
“Ecommerce growth, cross-border trade expansion, and unique customer needs are accelerating demand for UPS’s services,” said Lou Rivieccio, president, UPS Europe.
“This strategic investment in capacity and cutting-edge technologies in the UK is helping advance UPS’s smart global logistics network of the future.”
With over four miles of conveyor belts, the facility features advanced package scanning and sortation equipment that increase the flexibility to efficiently route packages to their final destinations.
UPS said business and residential customers will benefit from enhanced speed and accuracy as UPS meets their growing global shipping demands.
“This state-of-the-art facility enables us to further improve our services to companies of all sizes that are looking to grow their cross-border business,” said Mark Vale, president for UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics.
“With strong growth in our export volume in the UK, which increased nearly 20% in 2017 and more than 15% in the first quarter of 2018, we are optimistic about the future. This key investment is tangible proof of UPS’s commitment to helping customers doing business in and with the UK.”
The new London Hub is part of a $2bn infrastructure and network investment programme by UPS across Europe to add capacity and provide even faster services across the region.
Recent investments as part of this programme include the announcement of a $154mn facility in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, the opening of an $80mn facility in Bielefeld, Germany, and the construction of a $100mn hub in Evry, France.