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Robert.Jervis_43227 Jan 15

Mars and DHL plot £350m UK logistics hubs

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"Sustainable, smart and agile"
Mars has teamed up with delivery giant DHL to invest £350m in two state-of-the-art warehouses in Midlands and East London, in a move the firms estimate could remove one million road miles per year from the US food giant's operations.
Part of a multi-year partnership between the two companies announced today, the two facilities will be "partially solar powered" and rated among the most energy efficient buildings in the UK, while boosting Mar's warehouse capacity by over 50 per cent, they claim.
Mars estimates the move will help shrink its UK carbon footprint by 7.7 per cent, equivalent to the annual emissions of heating more than 500 homes, by providing more space to efficiently store and manage the deliveries of the 1.2 million pallets of its products transported each year.
The new logistics operation will avoid one million road miles each year, while helping Mars to keep pace with increasing customer demand for its products, according to the firm.
Tim Walker, supply chain director at Mars UK, said:

“Our partnership with DHL will deliver a world class logistics operation that is sustainable, smart and agile. This project is a meaningful step in our sustainability journey as we look to create the world we want tomorrow – which we know starts with how we do business today.”

Jim Hartshorne, managing director, retail & consumer & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain, said:

“We’re delighted to be extending our global partnership with Mars in the construction and management of these sites. Our shared environmental commitments are supported by this investment and we are creating long term, exciting jobs in both of these communities.” 
The two purpose-built depots - East Midlands Gateway and London Thames Gateway - are set to become operational in the spring of 2022 and 2023 respectively, according to Mars. The sites have been designed with a combined square footage of over a million feet