Express delivery firm Geodis has opened a 15,000 square metre distribution centre in Paris. This is designed to support a distribution network in the French capital using logistics bases as hubs with electric delivery vehicles doing the last mile from the hubs.
The new Geodis Paris-Bercy hub is in the 12th arrondissement, close to Porte de Charenton.
The distribution centre is designed to support what Geodis refer to as ‘blue bases’ that are thousand square metre facilities that are in Paris city centre, serving as relay points for last mile deliveries.
According to Geodis, two blue bases are up and running. These are at Boulevard Ney and Bercy in the 12th arrondissement. Three more are planned –the Forum des Halles in the 1st arrondissement, Invalides in the 7th and Portes de Versailles. When up and running in the coming months, they will complete the planned hub and spoke strategy.
“Our new site is both one of a kind and doubly strategic,” says Olivier Melot, Executive vice president, distribution & express at Geodis.
“One of a kind, because taking a clean slate and an empty warehouse, we have designed and implemented an unprecedented network, based on a blue-base system, which is located as close as possible to our Parisian customers. Strategic, because the new development strengthens our position to serve central Paris and validates our urban delivery solution, which will be that demanded by the cities of tomorrow. What’s more, we will be introducing 30 additional electric vehicles in the coming weeks.”
The new 15,000 sq m Parisian site also features two new sorting lines, an overhead line capable of sorting 2,500 parcels an hour and a ground line used for pallets, operating at a rate of 200 pallets an hour. With this new technical equipment, the depot is capable of initiating 3,000 deliveries a day, or 8,400 parcels.
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