XPO and Nestlé began collaborating on the design and construction of the Digital Distribution Warehouse of the Future in 2018, together with technology partner Swisslog Logistics Automation.

The 638,000-square-foot facility at the Segro East Midlands Gateway in Leicestershire includes advanced solutions customised by Swisslog and integrated with XPO’s digital warehouse ecosystem.

Sustainability was a core consideration in the design and location of the building. The site is on a railhead, and Nestlé will be dispatching exports and deliveries into the London area via rail.

Andrew Shaw, supply chain director, Nestlé UK and Ireland said: “We can now be faster, more responsive, and more agile in how we supply our products under all conditions, and we can provide a bespoke, personalised service to our customers.”

Malcolm Wilson, XPO’s chief executive officer for Europe added: “Nestlé and Swisslog are trusted strategic partners of XPO, and they believe, as we do, that the best way to deliver excellence in the present is to maintain a strong focus on the future. We’re pushing the boundaries of supply chain thinking and disrupting the industry in the most positive sense.”