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UPS launches new London hub – one of its largest ever infrastructure investments

UPS has launched its new £120 million, 32,000 sq m package sorting and delivery facility in London this week. The hub is one of the company’s largest single infrastructure investments outside of the US and is located at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. It will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as provide a gateway to its international capabilities.

The new hub can process up to 28,000 packages per hour with room for further expansion as demand grows. “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,” he said.

Mark Vale, president for UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics, said that the new site was particularly applicable for retailers looking to expand internationally. “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 said

More than 500 employees will operate out of the new operations hub, which features more than five miles of conveyor belts. The facility also includes advanced package scanning and sortation equipment that increase the flexibility to efficiently route packages to their final destinations.

The new London Hub is part of a $2 billion infrastructure and network investment programme by UPS across Europe. The company also recently announced a €130 million facility in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, the opening of an $80 million facility in Bielefeld, Germany, and the construction of a $100 million hub in Evry, France.

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