Mars UK today announced its partnership with DHL, which will see the construction of warehousing facilities, as well as the creation of sustainable logistics operations.
The new sites in the Midlands and East London represent the investment of £350 million, and have been designed with sustainability in mind.
The two purpose-built depots, ‘East Midlands Gateway’ and ‘London Thames Gateway’, will be operational in spring of 2022 and 2023 respectively.
The sites will have a combined square footage of over a million feet and they will both have state of the art high bay facilities which include innovative automated pallet storage.
The partnership will reduce Mars’ outbound logistics carbon emissions in the UK by 7.7%
The new logistics operation will remove a million miles a year from roads, all while increasing warehousing capacity by over 50%.
Tim Walker, Supply Chain Director at Mars UK said: “This project is a meaningful step in our sustainability journey as we look to create the world we want tomorrow – which we know starts with how we do business today.”
Jim Hartshorne, Managing Director, Retail & Consumer & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain added: “This project will be the foundation of the UK logistics chain for Mars for many years to come and we are incredibly proud to be selected to lead in this project.”