UPS in Essex

UPS officially opened its new 32,000 square metre package sorting and delivery facility in the south east of England in April 2018. At £120 million, the new London Hub is one of their largest single infrastructure investments outside of the United States in the logistics company’s history.

Located at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, the new building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour and room for further expansion.

More than 500 employees will operate out of the new operations hub that spans the space of approximately five football pitches. With over four miles of conveyor belts, the facility features advanced package scanning and sortation equipment that increase the flexibility to efficiently route packages to their final destinations.

Business and residential customers will benefit from enhanced speed and accuracy as UPS meets their growing global shipping demands.

Their choice of the London Gateway site as a base for UPS operations will also provide a significant boost to the economy of both Essex and the South East of England.

Ecommerce growth, cross-border trade expansion, and unique customer needs are accelerating demand for UPS’s services. This strategic investment in capacity and cutting-edge technologies in the UK is helping advance UPS’s smart global logistics network of the future.

Lou Rivieccio
UPS Europe

An Essex hub for UPS

The new Essex Hub is part of a $2 billion infrastructure and network investment programme by UPS across Europe to add capacity and provide even faster services across the region.

Recent investments as part of this programme include the announcement of a €130 million facility in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, the opening of an $80 million facility in Bielefeld, Germany, and the construction of a $100 million hub in Evry, France.

As well as this, the nature of the site at DP World London Gateway also means that there is room for further expansion in the future.

This state-of-the-art facility enables us to further improve our services to companies of all sizes that are looking to grow their cross-border business. With strong growth in our export volume in the UK, which increased nearly 20% in 2017 and more than 15% in the first quarter of 2018, we are optimistic about the future. This key investment is tangible proof of UPS’s commitment to helping customers doing business in and with the UK.

Mark Vale
UPS UK, Ireland, and Nordics

UPS London Hub

About UPS

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world.

Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. After being founded in 1907, the company first established itself in the UK in 1985. It now has over 2,800 locations spread out across the UK, with a total of 8,000 employees.

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Source: [UPS Press Room] [London Gateway]