Gatwick Airport is creating a consolidation centre to smooth the flow of goods into retailers as well a reducing the number of final mile deliveries into the airport.
It has awarded DHL Supply Chain a ten-year contract worth more than £24m to manage inbound deliveries through a new logistics and consolidation facility on behalf of the airport’s 150 partners and retailers.
Retail units at Gatwick
David Valentine, logistics programme leader at Gatwick Airport said: “Our goal is to service 40 million passengers per year at Gatwick by 2018, and to achieve this we need to deliver a great passenger experience. Providing our partners and retailers with an efficient and secure platform supported by a solution that gives full visibility and tracking of their products is essential; it’s what DHL is known for, making them our ideal partner.”
DHL will use experience and expertise gained from the management of other logistics consolidation and air cargo centres. It will uses its StyleFlow IT system to manage the flow of goods from multiple suppliers into Gatwick, which it said would provide increased picking and dispatch efficiency, reduced order fulfilment time and better control of inventory and resources.