Kuehne + Nagel and adidas have entered a long-term strategic partnership for a highly automated, omni-channel 130,000 sq m dedicated fulfilment centre in Mantova, Italy. Kuehne + Nagel stated the facility will be the largest carbon neutral fulfilment centre in the company’s global history.
Launching in 2024, the fulfilment centre will create around 700 new jobs to supply adidas stores, retail shops, wholesalers, and e-commerce customers in 19 countries throughout Southern and Eastern Europe. The centre is set to process no fewer than 18,000 packages per hour, and hopes to process 375,000 parcels per day at peak capacity.
Kuehne + Nagel reported that the facility’s operating model provides the flexibility required to handle adidas’ fluctuating volumes from its various B2B, B2C and Click&Collect channels, along with regular peaks in seasonal demand.
The entire fulfilment centre is set to be powered by 100% renewable energy sources. Kuehne + Nagel will also employ sustainable packaging materials and processes and will aim to reduce total resource consumption and CO2 emissions. In addition, the campus’ 700 employees can commute via environmentally friendly transport options.
Source: Kuehne + Nagel