Mars UK has announced a multi-year partnership with DHL, resulting in the construction of two state-of-the-art warehouse facilities that will see a total investment of £350m.
The sites, based at East Midlands Gateway and London Thames Gateway, are set to be operational in the spring of 2022 and 2023 respectively, and will comprise over one million square feet of logistics space.
The operation will increase Mars’ warehouse capacity by 50%, simultaneously removing 7.7% of its transport from the roads due to the sites’ strategic positionings.
Jim Hartshorne, supply chain managing director for retail and consumer, and Ireland, at DHL, said: “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.
“Our shared environmental commitments are supported by this investment and we are creating long term, exciting jobs in both of these communities.”
Designed with “environmental commitments” in mind, the project will reportedly deliver annual CO2 savings in excess of 12,000 tonnes.
Tim Walker, supply chain director at Mars UK, said: “Our partnership with DHL will deliver a world class logistics operation that is sustainable, smart and agile.
“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.”