The apparel manufacturer VF Corp., Greensboro, NC/USA, through its local subsidiary VF Northern Europe Ltd., Nottingham/UK, has begun operations at its new multimillion-pound fulfillment center in Bardon/UK, employing approx. 250 people during peak periods.
The new 600,000 ft² (55,700 m²) center will feature state-of-the-art automation capabilities for the footwear and apparel industry. It will enable VF to provide more efficient distribution services for its brands' wholesale, ecommerce and retail customers in the UK – serving almost 90% of the market within a day. Speed and efficiency are core attributes with direct flow of parcel shipments having a capacity of 200,000 units/day, in addition to 18 stations with the capacity to pick 170,000 units/day.
The new building features innovative systems to significantly reduce its impact 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 and heat waste.