UPS held an official cornerstone laying ceremony to announce plans to build a new package sorting and delivery facility in Corbeil-Essonnes/ Evry, France. The French Prime Minister, the mayors of Corbeil-Essonnes and Evry, and other dignitaries attended the event. The more than $100m facility, which is due to open in the first quarter of 2018, will replace two smaller facilities, and is expected to create more than 100 new UPS jobs. The site will be a showcase for UPS’s automated package sorting technology which minimizes time in transit to final delivery.
The new South Paris sorting and delivery facility will replace smaller buildings in Chilly-Mazarin and Savigny for small packages and larger freight shipments. It will have an operating area of more than 320,000 sq ft and 950 employees. Advanced technology will make it possible to sort up to 37,000 packages per hour, using 124 loading and unloading bays, with 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.”
UPS is upgrading its network across Europe to offer 24 to 48-hour faster day-definite shipping with UPS Standard. The solution, which is popular among French online stores, is most economical when shipping cross-border items.
The new UPS facility will meet the requirements to obtain the international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. The centre will also utilize several electric and/or natural gas vehicles, and will be powered by renewable energy.