Monday, December 12, 2016

DP World's Deep Water Container Port Logistics Park Boost as Lidl to Open New Distribution Centre

UK's Fastest Growing Supermarket Operations Begin at London Gateway Shortly
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UK – Lidl, which claims to be the UK’s fastest growing supermarket, is setting up a distribution facility at DP World’s London Gateway Logistics Park which sits in the hinterland of the River Thames based deep water container port. Lidl UK is to begin operating out of the 187,000sq ft. distribution facility from February next year. The distribution centre will be a major cog in the supermarket’s supply chain to its 640-strong network of UK stores. Adrienne Howells, Lidl’s Head of Warehouse Expansion, said:

“As we push forward with our UK expansion plans we continue to strengthen our core infrastructure in order to support our new and existing stores up and down the country. We are, therefore, pleased to have found a viable facility at DP London Gateway Logistics Park that meets our current distribution requirements.”

The new port has steadily picked up new container services from a variety of operators but DP World’s management has always intended to use the geographical advantage of having deep water access at the very heart of Britain’s busiest commercial quarter to develop the logistics facilities now so essential to maintain and improve distribution times, particularly since the start of the on-line shopping revolution and the increasing demand for fresh produce. Speaking of this latest gain Oliver Treneman, Property Development Director, DP World London Gateway, commented:

“We are delighted to have been able to work with Lidl in providing a solution to this aspect of its rapidly expanding distribution operation in the UK. Our team of experts are able to assist with solutions and with one of Europe’s largest land-banks for distribution warehousing, on the same estate as the UK’s most advanced deep-sea container ports, the advantages to cargo owners in utilising this facility are compelling.”

Photo: The hinterland of London Gateway provides extremely local facilities within metres of where containers are landed.