Nestlé and XPO create “digital warehouse of the future”
Nestlé and XPO Logistics, a global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution centre in the UK.
It is set to be based at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire, UK and aims to give consumers faster, more efficient access to Nestlé brands like KitKat.
The facility, “a digital warehouse of the future”, will be occupied by Nestlé for its consumer packaged goods and will function as a testbed environment for XPO technology prototypes prior to global release.
The custom-designed distribution centre, due to be completed in 2020, will feature advanced sorting systems and robotics alongside state-of-the-art automation co-developed with Swisslog Logistics Automation.
Nestlé Director of Supply Chain David Hix said: “We are thrilled to be working with XPO Logistics to build a flagship digital warehouse and technology laboratory at the East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park. 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. We will be able to be even more responsive for our customers across our brands, which include some of the most recognisable in the world.”