A new distribution hub for Asda’s George clothing brand has been opened on Teesside, creating over 400 jobs.
The new facility was developed and will be operated by Leeds-based Clipper Logistics.
The building has three levels of mezzanine floors, providing over 840,000sq ft of operational space and with scope to expand to 1.2m sq ft.
The unit will receive and despatch up to 3m items of clothing per week to feed the George clothing network.
The Wynyard Park facility has been created to be a shared use operation – with Asda/George as the anchor customer.
According to Clipper Logistics, the location was chosen as it was close to the major import centre at Teesport, operated by PD Ports.
The building is claimed to offer a modern and environmentally friendly supply chain solution, allowing retailers to benefit from its portcentric location. The design was also developed to offer greater flexibility to support the changing demands of multi-channel retailing, said Clipper Logistics.
According to the company, the site will provide retailers with a faster, slicker and more environmentally conscious retail solution, while reducing cost and allowing for just in time deliveries into regional distribution centres.
The building has been designed to be in line with high environmental standards, uses natural light wherever possible and has motion sensitive lighting throughout the facility, meaning energy is saved and operating costs are kept to a minimum.
The design of the building will allow for other retailers to take advantage of this best practice solution at Wynyard Park through a shared-user proposition, without the need for further major capital investment, said Clipper Logistics.
In a 10-year deal, Asda George will occupy over 70% of the operational space at the supercentre, which will feed its three UK regional clothing distribution centres.
Ian Stansfield, distribution director at Asda, said: “Clipper has proven itself to be an invaluable partner to our business and the success of the bespoke solutions they have created for us has brought about significant cost and efficiency savings to our operations.
“On the strength of this success, and our growing clothing business, we have taken the unprecedented step of signing this 10-year contract for Clipper to provide deconsolidation solutions at the new Clipper Wynyard site.”
Managing director of Clipper, Tony Mannix, said: “This new facility represents a major investment in the Teesside economy and proves our commitment to the region. We’ve created a world-class logistics supercentre which takes an industry leading approach to supply chain solutions. We have developed our relationship with Asda/George over several years and this latest move demonstrates the trust that exists between the two companies. The building itself can be customised for numerous supply chain scenarios which is an extension of our mission to match ability with agility.
“As well as providing Asda/George with their bespoke solution, our new centre at Wynyard, will also offer other retailers – particularly those new to global sourcing and/or e-fulfilment, the opportunity to take advantage of deconsolidation best practice through a shared-user proposition without major capital investment.
“These developments perfectly complement our retail and multichannel capabilities and confirm our position as the UK’s leading retail logistics specialist.”