Lidl UK sets up shop at the London Gateway
Lidl UK will begin operating out of the 1...
One of the UK’s fastest growing supermarkets is setting up a distribution facility at DP World London Gateway.
Lidl UK will begin operating out of the 187,000sq ft distribution facility from February next year.
The distribution centre’s excellent location will enhance the award-winning supermarket’s distribution network to its 640-strong network of UK stores.
Lidl will occupy the warehouse areas of the Logistics Centre, which became vacant earlier this year.
Adrienne Howells, Lidl’s Head of Warehouse Expansion, said: “As we push forward with our UK expansion plans we continue to strengthen our core infrastructure in order to support our new and existing stores up and down the country. We are, therefore, pleased to have found a viable facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park that meets our current distribution requirements.”
Oliver Treneman, Property Development Director, DP World London Gateway, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with Lidl in providing a solution to this aspect of its rapidly expanding distribution operation in the UK.
“DP World London Gateway is exceptionally well positioned to help retailers and third party logistics businesses to decrease time and cost in their supply chains.
“Our team of experts are able to assist with solutions and with one of Europe’s largest land-banks for distribution warehousing, on the same estate as the UK’s most advanced deep-sea container port, the advantages to cargo owners in utilising this facility are compelling.”
The London Gateway?
On the doorstep of London and the UK's largest consumer market, with unrivalled deep-water access, road and rail links to the whole of the UK, DP World London Gateway is a state-of-the-art, highly automated deep-sea container port on the same site as one of Europe's largest logistics parks.
This combination of deep-sea port and logistics park offers a port-centric solution in the best location. With unrivalled facilities, tri-modal connectivity, unmatched safety, speed and reliability - closer to consumers - DP World London Gateway is helping the shippers of today.
It is streamlining their supply chains, increasing visibility as their goods enter and leave the country and - most significantly - helping them grow their business.
In short, London Gateway provides the most efficient link between deep-sea shipping and the largest consumer markets in the UK - accelerating UK growth, now.
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UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation
Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government.
More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk.
“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”
Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors.
"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."
UK Supply Chains Under Strain
The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus.
It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals.
Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”