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3PL plans to double its UK footprint

16 November 2021

WITH A total of 110,000 sq m new warehousing space opened in October across two new sites in the UK, Geodis has significantly increases its UK contract logistics operation.

The two facilities are a 40,000 sq m warehouse in Doncaster and a 70,000 sq m logistics site in Lutterworth in the East Midlands region, and are expected to provide employment for nearly 600 people (1,200 during the peak season).

Established in response to the increase in sales volumes of a high-profile international online retailer, the facilities are equipped with automated technology, 18-metre, high-density racking and provide a combined capacity for processing up to 1.5 million units per week.

Geodis plans to double its contract logistics operations in the UK, in-line with its growth plans to become a top 15 operator in the market within the next 5 years.

Geodis COO, Western Europe, Middle East and Africa Stéphanie Hervé, says: “Retailers are beefing up their ability to supply the burgeoning e-commerce sector via a nationally based distribution network. Our response is to help our established customers grow and to attract additional business with our skills and experience augmented by our innovative and specially designed IT/automated solutions for the online retail sector.”

Alketa Idrizi, Geodis’ human resources director in the UK, recognises the current challenges in recruiting both locally and across the UK as a whole. 

“Geodis has an enviable track record in caring for and training its staff. Our image of a socially aware and inclusive employer, with a reputation for diversity in our human resource policies is well-founded and leads to a high level of staff retention. We are confident that these commitments to staff welfare will encourage a high calibre of applicant to join our new operations.”

For more information, visit www.geodis.com

The Tomorrow’s Warehouse Event

The move by Geodis shows how the logistics function continues to develop at a time of great transformation. 

This is the key theme of our upcoming Tomorrow’s Warehouse Event on November 30 at the CBS Arena in Coventry.

The programme is broken down into four sessions, looking at the big picture in UK warehousing; warehouse automation; making the most of warehouse space; and the future of the forklift.

Speakers include Simon Woodward, Head of Accelerated Digitalization and Innovation, UK & I at DHL; Clare Bottle, new CEO of UKWA; Nicola Jaynes of the Health & Safety Executive, and many others.

You can see the full seminar programme and register free here - https://tomorrowswarehouse.live/