M&S moves to modernise its supply chain with new portside DC.
Marks & Spencer will build a major new distribution centre at the new London Gateway deep-sea container port and logistics park, which opens later this year on the Thames, 25 miles from central London, in South Essex.
London Gateway’s south east location gives M&S closer access to key UK cities which means goods will not travel as far to reach consumers. This model will be both cost effective for M&S and remove millions of road miles from UK roads along with thousands of tonnes of CO2.
As part of the £200million investment into DP World’s London Gateway, M&S will create approximately 700 jobs; there will also be hundreds of additional workers employed in the construction phase.
Marc Bolland, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer, said: "London Gateway will become our third large distribution centre in the UK as we transform our logistics operations into a modern and agile supply chain, fit for the future of M&S. As we become an international, multi-channel retailer, London Gateway will help us become more efficient by cutting costs and locating our supply chain closer to our stores and our international markets. It will also help us deliver against our Plan A objectives by removing road miles and emissions from our network.”
Key Points • 900,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer distribution centre to be located at London Gateway Logistics Park.
• The planned 900,000 sq ft distribution centre will be used to store clothing, home and gifts before they are transported to UK and international M&S stores.
• M&S is planning to use the rail network being built at London Gateway, which will link to the rail terminal at the M&S distribution centre in Castle Donington.
• 700 new jobs for South Essex.