XPO and Nestlé have unveiled their flagship distribution and technology hub in the UK.

XPO and Nestlé began collaborating on the design and construction of the Digital Distribution Warehouse of the Future in 2018, together with technology partner Swisslog Logistics Automation.

The 638,000-square-foot facility at the Segro East Midlands Gateway in Leicestershire includes advanced solutions customised by Swisslog and integrated with XPO’s digital warehouse ecosystem.

Sustainability was a core consideration in the design and location of the building. The site is on a railhead, and Nestlé will be dispatching exports and deliveries into the London area via rail.

Andrew Shaw, supply chain director, Nestlé UK and Ireland said: “We can now be faster, more responsive, and more agile in how we supply our products under all conditions, and we can provide a bespoke, personalised service to our customers.”

Malcolm Wilson, XPO’s chief executive officer for Europe added: “Nestlé and Swisslog are trusted strategic partners of XPO, and they believe, as we do, that the best way to deliver excellence in the present is to maintain a strong focus on the future. We’re pushing the boundaries of supply chain thinking and disrupting the industry in the most positive sense.”