UPS to open new sorting facility near Paris

Perhaps signalling confidence in the remaining European economy, UPS has announced plans to build a new package sorting and delivery facility in Corbeil – Essonnes / Evry. The €90m facility is due to open in the first quarter of 2018 and will feature UPS automated sorting technology.

“France is a key market for UPS and building this new facility south of Paris shows our commitment to the French and European economies,” said Mike Harrell, managing director, UPS France. “Corbeil-Essonnes and Evry are two economic centres in the Essonnes region, with more than 2,000 businesses of all sizes.”

The facility in southern Paris will replace two smaller facilities in Mazarin and Savigny for small packages and larger freight shipments. UPS new facility will have an operating area of more than 29,000m2 and will take on 950 employees. It will be able to sort up to 37,000 packages an hour using 124 loading and unloading bays. Additionally it will have 125 parking positions for UPS delivery trucks.

“We are bullish on Europe’s growth potential and this investment in France – UPS’s largest for the country – is part of our $2bn investment program currently underway in Europe,” said Nando Cesarone, President of UPS Europe. “With e-commerce and cross-border business on the rise, we are making our most economical cross-border service up to two days faster in 19 European countries, including France. Our customers rely on our network to help them be successful in today’s global economy where cross-border trade represents real growth opportunities.”

In February, UPS opened a $28 million centre in Lyon-Jonage. Operating in France since 1985, UPS is present in 6 French airports (Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Paris-Roissy, Rennes and Toulouse). There are 53 small package and supply chain centres employing approximately 2,600 people. More than 650 delivery vehicles are part of the UPS French road network and there are 4,000 UPS Access Point locations.

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