UPS has opened their new £120 million, 32,000 square meter package sorting and delivery facility in London, England.
The new hub becomes one of the UPS’s largest single infrastructure investments the company has made outside of the United States.
UPS Europe President, Lou Rivieccio said, “E-commerce 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’ smart global logistics network of the future.”
The new facility is located at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park and will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution center for the local area as well as a gateway to for the company’s global network. The facility can handle up to 28,000 packages per hour with further increases expected with future expansion.
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,”
He further added, “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 site will house over 500 employees in the area that is the equivalent to five football pitches. In attendance at the opening was UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, who had this to say about the new facility, “The significant investment announced today by UPS is a strong vote of confidence in our country’s economic strength and our aspirations for the future. As the gateways for as much as 95% of our international trade, our ports – including the world-leading operations at London Gateway – are vital to our country’s long-term prosperity. That is why we are committed to enhancing their productivity and maximising their potential, as set out in our port connectivity study. This new London Hub, bringing employment and investment in the South East, will further enhance our position as an outward-facing and dynamic trading nation.”
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem DP World Group Chairman and CEO said, “We congratulate UPS on this strategic development. By using DP World London Gateway Logistics Park and Port, UPS will have a fast ‘global conveyor-belt’ directly connected to their own worldwide network,” concluding with, “This development confirms that the market-centric location of DP World London Gateway, right on the doorstep of London and the South East and on the same site as the country’s fastest-growing deep-sea port, can only add value to supply chains – through reductions in cost, time and carbon footprint.”
The opening of the new London facility is part of UPS ongoing $2 billion infrastructure and network investment program throughout Europe, resulting in the company adding capacity and offering timely services across the region.