Tuesday, May 4, 2021

More Growth at Essex Logistics Park as Retail Client Expands Online Sales

Current Tenant Set to Double Uptake
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UK – DP World has announced that one of the largest occupiers at its London Gateway Logistics Park, which lies in the hinterland of Britain's newest deep water container port, will more than double its onsite capacity by exercising an expansion option in its lease agreement.

MADE.COM, an online furniture retailer, will open an additional 350,000 square feet of new warehousing over two phases, with the first phase complete by August this year and the second in April 2022, to help it meet customer demand for online retail and further optimise its supply chain.

This decision has been made possible by DP World’s offering for its occupants to easily scale up their physical distribution infrastructure and grow their business within London Gateway Logistics Park, allowing occupants to take advantage of developable land on a site the size of 400 football pitches, and easily scale up their distribution operations in line with their business growth. Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director at DP World in the UK, said:

“We are delighted that MADE will be expanding its distribution facility at our Logistics Park, the biggest of its kind in Europe, and taking advantage of the land we currently have available for development. Over the past decade, DP World has invested nearly £2 billion in the UK to create the right trading infrastructure and smart logistical solutions, so we can provide our customers with fast, reliable and flexible links to international supply chains and markets.

“When MADE first approached us, they were a young and dynamic new entrant to the market and the ability to scale up was a key consideration for them, we have demonstrated both a flexible approach and that we are able to deliver.

“As the economy grows and consumers purchase more goods online, businesses increasingly need smarter logistics solutions to serve their customers. By providing the ability for occupiers to expand, we are supporting businesses with the scalability they need to grow in tandem with our rapidly expanding Logistics Park.”

When completed, the new facility will enable MADE to benefit from its nearness to London, with the Logistics Park’s proximity to both a deep-water port and Europe’s largest consumer market cutting transport costs between port and logistic hubs and between hubs and markets. It also has outstanding road links and access to an adjacent rail terminal, one of the largest in Europe, enabling MADE and other occupants to import and exports goods more easily and more sustainably. Nicola Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at MADE.COM, said:

“We are thrilled to expand our warehousing operations at London Gateway as we respond to continued growth in customer demand for our exclusive designs. Combined with our innovative ‘just in time’ supply chain model, this expansion of our warehousing facility is an exciting step towards achieving our long-term strategy to grow the business sustainably, as we continue to invest in operational efficiency and become the design destination for digital natives.”