Southampton City Council has appointed Meachers Global Logistics to run its new 20,000 sq ft sustainable distribution centre, based on the city’s Nursling Industrial Estate.
Meachers specialises in logistics and transport services throughout the UK, its portfolio includes cruise giant Carnival, and global packaging specialist Huhtamaki.
The new site will serve Southampton and surrounding areas; Winchester, Eastleigh, Hedge End, Totton, and the New Forest.
It will see deliveries received from suppliers 24 hours a day, to either be stored or grouped with other loads destined for the same location.
Delivering items together aims to reduce the number of delivery vehicles on the roads, in turn reducing carbon dioxide levels, particulates, and nitrogen oxide emissions.
“We have been strong advocates for the creation of an SDC for the region for many years,” said commercial director at Meachers, Gary Whittle.
“The new offering will bring significant commercial opportunities for customers and environmental benefits for the City.
“Through smarter sustainable logistics users will benefit from just in time deliveries, a smarter use of warehousing space and ultimately reduced costs and increased efficiency.”
Southampton City Council previously received funding through the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which it will now use to support the development of the facility over a four-year period.