Rexel UK, one of the country’s leading electrical distributors and solution providers, has announced it is to open a new state-of-the-art, multi-million-pound distribution centre (DC) in Spring 2023.
Rexel Group, the parent of Rexel UK and based in Paris, has made the investment with a firm strategy to further strengthen and grow its supply chain capabilities. By building a new dedicated facility that can serve as a logistics and distribution hub, Rexel is better able to support customers, especially across London, the South East and the South West.
Located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the new structure spans an impressive 184,000 sq. ft and will boast the latest in robotic innovation, to speed up the process of order to dispatch.
Once complete, it is expected to create up to 150 new jobs for the region and will support Rexel and Denmans’ existing 18 hubs and 284 branches.
CEO for Rexel UK, Edgar Aponte, said: “This DC is a testimony to Rexel Group’s investment for the future and is a major milestone for us.
“We remain committed to delivering the best quality electrical products and solutions, and are always looking ahead to see how we can improve the customer experience.
“This DC will serve our branches and customers even better, by ensuring speed and agility of our operations and provide greater product availability.”
Rexel’s commitment to personal customer service will remain unchanged, even with the latest technological advances at the new DC. Improved delivery times for online and in-branch, and increased stocks mean customers can get the goods they need faster.
Speaking of how the new site will retain and improve customer experience, Mr Aponte added: “Whilst we are building a facility with a focus on digital innovation, using the best in class robotics and automation, nothing can replace the importance of customer interaction, which will remain at the heart of our business.
“This means the ‘final mile’ delivery, will be made by our own local branch vans and hubs.
“We all know wholesale is a fast-paced world. The need for speed, flexibility and agility in the market is higher than ever before, so whilst we have designed a facility to meet the changing market needs, we will never forget the local touch.”
The build has been designed and constructed by Tritax Symmetry, who are specialists in green logistic buildings. The building will use PV solar, with up to 25% of available roof space given over to generating green energy through PV. This supports Rexel’s longer term environmental ambitions, and is due to be completed by Autumn 2022.
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