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UPS opens £120m package sorting and delivery facility in London, UK

LBR Staff Writer Published 15 May 2018

UPS, a provider of supply chain solutions, has opened a new £120m package sorting and delivery facility in London, UK.

The new London Hub is said to be one of the firm’s largest single infrastructure investments outside of the US, and is part of a $2bn infrastructure and network investment program in Europe.

Situated at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, the new 32,000m² facility holds capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour. It can also be further expanded to meet the growing demand in future.

The new facility will serve as a package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area, as well as a gateway to the firm’s global logistics network.

UPS Europe president Lou Rivieccio said: “Ecommerce growth, cross-border trade expansion, and unique customer needs are accelerating demand for UPS’s services.

“This strategic investment in capacity and cutting-edge technologies in the UK is helping advance UPS’s smart global logistics network of the future.”

London’s new facility, which employs around 500 people, includes more than four miles of conveyor belts and advanced package scanning and sortation equipment that can efficiently route packages to their final destinations.

The European program’s other projects include €130m facility in Eindhoven of Netherlands, $80m facility in Bielefeld of Germany and $100m hub in Evry of France.

UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics president Mark Vale said: “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.”

Earlier this month, UPS started testing deliveries with eBikes in central Paris, France, as part its efforts to reduce issues resulting from urban logistics.

The company is conducting the test in partnership with the City of Paris, the arrondissement administration and Urban Lab, the urban laboratory of Paris&Co.

Under six-month test, the two eBikes are delivering packages in the 2eme arrondissement from a trailer parked in a specially-marked spaced reserved for the duration of the test.

Image: UPS has opened a new package sorting and delivery facility in London. Photo: courtesy of United Parcel Service of America, Inc.