London Gateway finds perfect operator


DP World has appointed retail logistics specialist Import Services to act on its behalf as operator and manager at its Common User Facility – now being built at London Gateway logistics park.

Peter Ward, DP World London Gateway’s head of supply chain, said: “We found the team to be tuned into our strategy and, combined with their expertise in the field of port-centric logistics, they put forward a very compelling plan.”

Import Services will initially take on a significant portion of the new development and provide an array of logistics services on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis.

Services will range from basic devanning to cross-docking, as well as storage and value-added activities, such as pick-and-pack, labelling, pre-retail and distribution.

Peter commented: “While household retail names have the option to develop their own dedicated buildings on the 83ha logistics park, we intend to make sure that the port-centric and market-centric benefits of using London Gateway are accessible to all, irrespective of size, including cargo owners, freight forwarders and 3PLs.”

DP World London Gateway CEO Simon Moore concluded: “We have now got all the pieces coming together with new roads infrastructure in the logistics park, competitive rail services in the port, and road haulage operators also on site with plans to grow.”

The steelwork for the first phase of the 3ha multipurpose cargo handling centre is almost complete and is on target to open in Q2 2015.

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