UPS opens $100mn Advanced Technology Paris Hub
The new Paris...
UPS has opened a new 30,000-square-meter, advanced technology package sorting and delivery hub outside Paris in Corbeil-Essonnes/Évry.
The new Paris Hub facility, which employs nearly 1000 people, facilitates cross-border trade and enhances package delivery service in the Île-de-France area.
“This $100 million advanced technology facility spans four soccer fields. And it’s the single biggest investment UPS has ever made in France,” said Nando Cesarone, president of UPS International.
“With modernisation and growth initiatives like this new Paris Hub, UPS is helping businesses in Europe – small and large – connect with customers faster and with greater efficiency. Placed at a strategic point in Europe, the building is as modern as it is efficient.
“UPS’s enhancements to its European network combined with leading technology help us plug France into the global trade arena. We are especially grateful for the business-minded support from the government partners who share our growth-oriented view of France’s role in international trade.”
The building is equipped with advanced technology, automated sorting equipment and has the potential to sort up to 37,000 packages per hour, which is more than twice the capacity of the two facilities in Chilly-Mazarin and Savigny that it replaces.
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne, present, said: “This exceptional investment, UPS’s largest ever in France, is a sign of confidence: the attractiveness of France and its place in global trade also extends to our capacity in the logistics sector. This is a crucial issue for the government, which is acting with resolve to build a logistics sector for our country that is greener, better connected, better organised, and that can rely on an outstanding infrastructure network.”
The new $100 million facility is a part of the company’s multi-year, $2 billion European investment plan, which aims to modernize and expand the UPS network across the continent.
Since 2015, UPS has invested in new hubs in Lyon and Montpellier, a new facility in Dijon and a combined package center/UPS France headquarters in Paris. Better connecting France to UPS’s enhanced European network offers customers in Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Indian Sub-continent, Middle East and Africa attractive access to European markets.
“UPS has been serving French businesses for more than thirty years. This new Paris Hub facility improves efficiency and service for our customers. Last quarter, we grew our export volume in France by over 10% thanks to an increasingly cross-border business,” said Rob Burrows, country manager, UPS France.
“With advanced, automated sorting technology, Paris Hub is part of our national network of nearly sixty facilities that connects French businesses to their customers across UPS’s enhanced European network - and around the world.”
As part of its transformation strategy, UPS is prioritizing resources and directing investment for the greatest strategic benefit and long-term shareholder return. Early in 2017, the company announced plans for extensive upgrades to its smart global logistics network, enhancing capacity and efficiency through the use of state-of-the-art processes, information technology and automation.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.