UPS is to build a $100 million sorting and delivery hub at Corbeil-Essonnes/Evry, south of Paris, which it says will be a showcase for its automated package sorting technology that is designed to minimise time in transit to final delivery.
“Corbeil-Essonnes and Evry are two economic centres in the Essonnes region, with more than 2,000 businesses of all sizes. Using our integrated network, we’re here to help these companies grow by giving them fast access to markets beyond their region.”
The new site is due to open in the first quarter of 2018, replacing two smaller facilities and creating more than 100 new UPS jobs. It will have an operating area of more than 320,000 square feet and 950 employees. The technology will make it possible to sort up to 37,000 packages per hour, using 124 loading and unloading bays, with 125 parking positions for UPS delivery trucks.
“We are bullish on Europe’s growth potential and this investment in France – UPS’s largest for the country – is part of our $2 billion investment program currently underway in Europe,” said Nando Cesarone, president of UPS Europe.
“With e-commerce and cross-border business on the rise, we are making our most economical cross-border service up to two days faster in 19 European countries, including France. Our customers rely on our network to help them be successful in today’s global economy where cross-border trade represents real growth opportunities.”