Nestlé and XPO Logistics will build what they call a “digital warehouse of the future” at the SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park.
The custom-designed 638,000 square foot distribution centre will be occupied predominantly by Nestle for its consumer packaged goods and will function as a test bed environment for XPO technology prototypes prior to global release.
The distribution centre, which is scheduled for completion in 2020, will feature advanced sorting systems and robotics alongside state-of-the-art automation co-developed with Swisslog Logistics Automation.
The site’s digital ecosystem will integrate predictive data and intelligent machines to deliver one of the most advanced distribution management centres.
The facility will benefit from access to the M1 motorway for road transport, East Midlands Airport for cargo flights, and an onsite rail freight terminal with direct access to the major ports of Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway and the Channel Tunnel.
Nestlé director of supply chain, David Hix says: “This is a world-first investment for Nestlé that builds on a century and a half of proud history in this country. Our partnership with XPO will encourage innovation and experimentation in our UK logistics operations and help futureproof our business.“
XPO Logistics Europe managing director – supply chain, Richard Cawston says: “The new East Midlands centre will operate as both a think tank and a launch pad for XPO innovations, with far-reaching impacts on the way business is done. We look forward to an inventive collaboration with Nestlé.”