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Marks & Spencer to set up new £200m distribution center in London Gateway

RBR Staff Writer Published 11 June 2013

Marks & Spencer plans to invest £200m on a distribution center at the new deep-sea container port and logistics park London Gateway in a bid to cut supply chain costs.

Located at Britain's new global shipping gateway, the new distribution center upon opening will enable general merchandise goods to be transported from ships to the company's new distribution center directly.

The 900,000ft² center will be constructed in partnership with DP World London Gateway in 2014.

The distribution center will be used to store clothing, home and gifts before they are transported to the UK and international M&S stores.

It is expected to create 700 new jobs in south Essex. It will also add hundreds of additional workers during the construction phase.

Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland said, "London Gateway will become our third largest distribution centre in the UK as we transform our logistics operations into a modern and agile supply chain, fit for the future of M&S."

The multi-channel retailer is also planning to use the rail network being built at London Gateway, which will link to the rail terminal at the M&S distribution center in Castle Donington.

DP World London Gateway chief executive Simon Moore said, "Marks & Spencer will have a world-class distribution centre connected to a world-class deep-sea port providing more reliability and efficiency for its business."