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Footwear and apparel firm opens multimillion pound fulfilment centre in Bardon

VF Corporation, through its local subsidiary VF Northern Europe Limited, has begun operations at its new multimillion pound fulfilment centre in Bardon, Leicestershire, employing approximately 250 people during peak periods.

The new 600,000 sq . ft . centre, which is the equivalent of 10 football pitches, will feature state-of-the-art automation capabilities putting it the main thing on the footwear and apparel industry.

It will enable VF to supply more efficient distribution services because of its brands’ wholesale, ecommerce and retail customers in the UK – serving almost 90% of the market within a day. Speed and efficiency are the centre’s core attributes with direct flow of parcel shipments using a capacity of 200,000 units each day, in addition to 18 stations using the capacity to pick 170,000 units each day.

The new centre builds on VF’s significant investment in the UK in the past two years. In 2021, VF Axtell House launched its new business hub, this was followed closely through the opening of new Timberland® and Vans® flagship stores working in london.

The new centre features systems to significantly reduce its effect on the surrounding environment. A number of green technologies including low water usage fittings and electric solar gain devices have been installed to reduce energy as well as heat waste. The building design has additionally achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding Rating’.

Martino Scabbia Guerrini, VF’s President of the EMEA Region, said: “We are extremely proud to mark the outlet of the VF’s most technologically advanced fulfilment centre in the area.

“This exciting new development, which assists the evolution of our supply chain business model, bolsters our UK presence, our number one market in EMEA. It also underlines our commitment to be a consumer-minded, retail-centric and hyper-digital enterprise as part of our company transformation and long-term growth strategy.”

Darren Miller, VF’s Vice President, Supply Chain EMEA, added: “Expanding into this prime location allows us to further strengthen our operations to make sure we can continue a high-quality service to our many retail and ecommerce customers over the UK.

“Investing in cutting-edge and technologically-advanced equipment also allows us to integrate our online and in-store operations, reducing lead times and driving efficiencies to satisfy customer demand more effectively.”

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