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
London Hub is UPS’s 32,000 m2 package sor rting and delivery facility. Designed to support UPS’s global logistics set up, it is aimed at increasing capacity and streamlining operations, responding to the needs of UK businesses and connecting them with customers across Europe and the world. The facility became operational in October 2017 and was officially opened this month.
At a total cost of £120M, this is one of UPS’s largest ever facility investments outside of the USA and is part of a US$2B infrastructure and network investment programme by UPS across Europe.
London Hub hosts state-of-the art equipment, operated by the 500+ people it employs. The facility features advanced package scanning and sortation equipment, which enables small packages to travel between their unload and loading points with minimal human intervention.
The total length of the conveyors exceeds 4 miles (7 kms) and the facility can process 28,000 packages per hour.
London Hub conforms to a range of sustainable building standards. Its vehicle wash tunnel uses 95% recycled water and on-site solar panels power the building and offices during the day. The facility also has an on-site water treatment plant for all water used prior to discharge.
“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.”
“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.”