Nestlé and XPO – “digital warehouse of the future”

XPO Logistics and client Nestlé have announced they are building a ‘digital warehouse of the future’ at the SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire.

Nestlé released a statement saying that the company would take on most of the 638,000 square foot distribution centre, with Nestlé using it mostly for its consumer packaged goods. It is to be a testbed for XPO technology prototypes before those being used in XPO’s other global locations.

The new XPO facility is to have advanced sorting systems as well as robotics that will be alongside automation co-developed with Swisslog Logistics Automation.

Nestlé added: “The site’s digital ecosystem will integrate predictive data and intelligent machines to deliver one of the most advanced distribution management centres in the world.”

The new SEGRO site will have direct access to the M1 motorway for its road transport links. In addition, it is a short drive from East Midlands Airport and has an onsite rail freight terminal that has direct access to the main UK seaports of Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway and the Channel Tunnel.

Nestlé Director of Supply Chain David Hix said: “We are thrilled to be working with XPO Logistics to build a flagship digital warehouse and technology laboratory at the East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park. This is a world-first investment for Nestlé that builds on a century and a half of proud history in this country. Our partnership with XPO will encourage innovation and experimentation in our UK logistics operations and help futureproof our business. We will be able to be even more responsive for our customers across our brands, which include some of the most recognisable in the world.”

Richard Cawston, Managing Director, Supply Chain, XPO Logistics Europe,added: “Nestlé has entrusted XPO with the digital architecture for its future vision. Together, we will create limitless opportunities to explore new technologies in a state-of-the-art logistics environment. The new East Midlands centre will operate as both a think tank and a launch pad for XPO innovations, with far-reaching impacts on the way business is done. We look forward to an inventive collaboration with Nestlé.”