DSGi Currys has opened a £30 million a 100-acre distribution campus in Newark, Nottinghamshire. The company reckons it will save £20 million a year with the new hub. From June onwards the distribution of all goods sold in Currys branches, will be handled from Newark.
Jeremy Ross, supply chain director, UK and Ireland, said: “Currys sells an MP3-player every five seconds, and a flat screen television every 25 seconds. The Newark distribution centre will enable us to provide first class delivery service to both our stores and home delivery customers across the UK and Ireland.”
The centre will provide around 1,200 jobs at peak time with 900 of those being permanent positions. It will also act as the central collection point for recyclable packaging, batteries and end-of life products. The company has embarked on a number of eco-friendly initiatives which have resulted in 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide being saved throughout the year. By introducing double-decker trailers to carry bigger payloads, it has reduced the mileage of its vehicles by 2.6 million miles annually. Additionally, diesel usage has been reduced by nearly a million litres a year.