Retailer plans massive distribution centre at DP World London Gateway port

Marks and Spencers truck

Marks and Spencer has unveiled plans for a £200m distribution centre at the DP World London Gateway port in Essex.

The 900,000ft2 will be used to store clothing, home wares and gifts before they are distributed to stores throughout the UK and abroad.

It will also use the rail link to the port to connect with M&S’ other distribution hub in Castle Donington.

Marc Bolland, chief executive of Marks and Spencer, said: “London Gateway will become our third large distribution centre in the UK as we transform our logistics operations into a modern and agile supply chain, fit for the future of M&S.

“As we become an international, multichannel retailer, London Gateway will help us become more efficient by cutting costs and locating our supply chain closer to our stores and our international markets. It will also help us deliver against our Plan A objectives by removing road miles and emissions from our network.”