UPS announced their plans to construct an 180,000sq ft distribution centre which will be based at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. UPS is one of the world’s largest courier service and they are working on expanding their enterprise. Thurrock Council received the application and gave quick permission with a deadline for the plans. This UPS news follows the news of another major facility to be opened according Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World. According to him, this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are more developments that are going to follow for the logistic park.
DP World is making preparations to open a logistic warehouse of 300,000sq ft in a joint undertaking with Prologis, an international real estate developer. According to the client service executive at the Import Services department, the facility has attained an overwhelming interest from traders who are seeking docking services for containers that arrive at ports in UK south-east sector. Due to this the warehouse is approaching its capacity and importers are taking advantage of streamlining the supply chain and by increasing the retail trade space.
According to sources, the application was made by AECOM on behalf of the company. The firm of architects and planning experts are the one who presented the application and the plan for UPS. UPS is known to invest in a lot of developments in the firm. From technology to operations and other sectors are taken care of so that customers get supreme facilities and services and also to boost the growth of the company. But no further details about the investments were provided and a lot of speculations are made about the construction of the distribution centre.
UPS has its major hub at Tamworth in The UK and its main service centre for customers is at Regis Road in London. But there are certain issues with this current development since DP World is worried that unless the 4 east-west alliances are not broken, Asian carriers will not make a regular stop at the ports. Nevertheless according to Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem the investments of the company are of the long term nature. According to UPS’s annual Sustainability report, it has managed to increase its fleet using substitute fuel options and high-tech options by a swooping 61% to attain more than five thousand vehicle last year. According to some local news outlets the proposal is supposedly being named as the UPS London Hub Parcel Distribution Facility. But these claims are not confirmed by UPS or DP World.
Source From: http://theloadstar.co.uk/ups-plans-to-build-massive-distribution-centre-at-london-gateway-logistics-park/