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27 & 28 February 2024

ExCeL LONDON

Davies Turner showcases soon to be completed logistics hub at Retail Supply Chain and Logistics Expo

Davies Turner, one of the UK’s leading independent freight forwarding and logistics companies, will be using the Retail Supply Chain and Logistics Expo to promote the 140,000 sq ft  multi-user logistics hub that it is currently building in the English Midlands and showing how it would be the perfect fit for businesses active in the retail sector that are looking for support with the outsourcing of their global supply chains.

Due to open later this year, the new hub on the edge of Atherstone offers quick access to both the M1 and M6 motorways and will rival in size the company’s largest logistics hub at Avonmouth, near Bristol, adding to Davies Turner’s nationwide warehousing and logistics network, which amounts to over a million square feet.

The building will feature a high bay fully racked area, with a top location level of 17 m and eaves height of 15 m, suitable for VNA forklift operations.The site will be able to hold 18,000 standard pallets, leaving around 20,000 sq ft of spare locations for stacking cartons or pallets by the ground floor pick spaces.190,000 sq ft of mezzanine floors will be incorporated, with an average area of 47,000 sq ft for each floor with conveyors, barcode readers and cameras to assist in automation.

The mezzanines will be suitable for the sortation, rework, and fulfilment services required for the company’s growing e-commerce activities and online retail logistics business. There will be 15 loading docks and 2 level access doors providing access to the warehouse and room to park 30 heavy goods vehicles. The new hub will become Davies Turner’s fourth major logistics facility in the Midlands, with five other regional distribution centres at Dartford, Bristol, Heathrow, Manchester and Cumbernauld in Scotland, and another 10 smaller branches supporting them.Davies Turner Plc Chairman, Philip Stephenson said: “This will add to our very large freehold property portfolio that is self-funded in a clear and ongoing demonstration of the company’s willingness to invest in the future of our business.“The development marks the next step towards growing our logistics business within the retail supply chain and freeing up some space at our other facilities in the Midlands for general freight.”

Davies Turner works for many companies that are active in the retail sector that understand how outsourcing their global supply chains can give them extra flexibility during difficult times. Many of those clients source product from all over the world, and sell through a variety of channels, including wholesalers, retailers and, increasingly, e-commerce. The visibility that Davies Turner’s systems offers of the whole supply chain allows stock to be moved from one channel to another and helps to keep all outlets supplied and helping to keep things moving.Retail is a volatile businesses, and increasingly so with more and more sales being handled through e-commerce.

Davies Turner is looking forward to speaking to visitors to the Retail Supply Chain and Logistics Expo and explaining how its services can help them.