Logistics and transportation outfit XPO Logistics has unveiled plans to nearly double its current last mile footprint to 85 service hubs by late 2018.
The expansion, which is currently underway, will position XPO’s last mile footprint within approximately 90% of the U.S. population, further reducing transit times.
XPO is the largest last mile logistics provider for heavy goods in North America, overseeing nearly 13 million home and commercial deliveries, with the majority including installation and assembly of appliances, large electronics, furniture and other hard-to-handle items each year.
Troy Cooper, chief operating officer of XPO Logistics, said: "We’re continuing to make significant investments in our facilities, technology, staffing and training to deliver world-class solutions for our customers.
“As the leading national last mile network specialising in heavy goods, we’re uniquely positioned to provide a consistent consumer experience that protects retail brands. Now we’re making it even faster and more cost effective to transport goods direct to homes.”
XPO expects to open its next eight hubs in Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Washington, D.C.
Skilled teams at each facility will perform inspections, repairs, pre-assemblies and other value-added services in preparation for delivery.
In related news, XPO Logistics Europe has appointed Malcolm Wilson as CEO. Richard Cawston has been promoted to the role of Managing Director–Supply Chain, Europe, the position previously held by Wilson.
Troy Cooper, XPO’s Global Chief Operating Officer, said: “Malcolm Wilson is uniquely qualified to lead XPO Logistics Europe. He’s a high-impact executive with a talent for getting results. Malcolm’s 23 years in the logistics industry include a decade at the helm of our multinational supply chain business in Europe.
“He has longstanding working relationships with our two divisional Managing Directors, Luis Gomez and Richard Cawston, making this a seamless transition for our transport and supply chain customers.”
Cooper had served as the company’s European Chief Executive since 2015, in addition to his position as Global Chief Operating Officer.