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Import Services is ‘breaking new ground’ with £23m distribution centre development

Import Services is ‘breaking new ground’ with the development of a new £23 million distribution centre on the Port of Southampton, strengthening Southampton’s port-centric logistics capacity.

In partnership with ABP in Southampton, and with development underway by the construction company Midas, Import Services’ new facility will adjoin its existing distribution hub and will double operational capacity for the UK logistics company.

The warehouse has been designed to BREEAM ‘excellent’ sustainability standard in close collaboration with port owner ABP and once complete will also feature a further £2.5million roof mounted solar array investment from ABP. This solar panel installation will more than double the existing solar power generated on the port.

The port-centric location and close proximity to the container port ensures the most optimum route to market alleviating the need to transport containers inland to distribution centres cutting time, cost and carbon from supply chains. This investment from ABP and Import Services will ensure the company’s operational set-up continues to enable future developments in the sector responding to customers’ needs.

This new port-side logistics centre will enable Import Services, which is a subsidiary of Xpediator, the provider of freight management services across the UK and Europe, to hold stock under bond for order processing and distribution across the UK, continental Europe and global markets.

The 24 new access doors plus VNA pallet storage configuration plus state-of-the-art equipment and systems are designed to boost throughput for containers and road vehicles.

The construction which is expected to complete next spring will also create new jobs for the local community and lead to improved pedestrian and cycle routes in the area.

Mike Thomas, client services director at Import Services, said: “Import Services’ new distribution centre will be just 100 metres away from where the deep sea container ships dock. With this new facility plus technologically advanced equipment, our teams will be able to process containers efficiently, process orders and deliver straight to the point of demand.

“Reducing the amount of carbon generated by the logistics industry is front of mind in our thinking. We know port-centric distribution can reduce supply chain emissions and the use of back-haul working with retailers can realise further carbon reductions.

“Our port-centric model, with this new distribution centre, will allow us to take important steps forward in tackling time, cost and carbon, the three key components of supply chains, as we head into the 2020’s.”

Stephen Blyth, CEO of Xpediator, said: “Historically, Import Services have not always had the capacity to meet demand, this new facility will not only enable us to meet the demand but also capture additional market share by being able to offer superior technologically advanced services. The timing of this expansion could also work favourably with the UK’s move outside of the European Union.”

The distribution centre is located at the Western Docks of the Port of Southampton, which is owned by ABP. Once opened, it will employ an additional 35 people.

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