UPS opens new Paris Hub facility to enhance Middle East connectivity
UPS 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, and will also enhance UPS’ connectivity to major growth markets like the Middle East.
"Transcontinental trade and trade across borders are predicted to grow faster than global gross domestic production for the foreseeable future. Europe is a key market for high growth economy such as Middle East,” says Rami Suleiman, president of UPS ISMEA district.
With more than 600 French companies working in the United Arab Emirates, including most major CAC 40 groups, efficient connections between France and the Middle East are more important than ever, according to Suleiman.
“Supporting such trade potential requires high end infrastructure driven by technology and a smart global logistics network,” adds Suleiman. “With US $4.2 billion in French exports to the Emirates, the UAE has become France’s second-largest export destination in the Arabian Gulf. UPS’s advanced technology Paris Hub will help French companies grow their businesses in Middle East."
The warehouse, spanning four soccer fields, is UPS’ single largest investment ever in France. The US $100-million facility 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.
“This new Paris Hub facility improves efficiency and service for our customers,” says Rob Burrows, country manager, UPS France. “Last quarter, we grew our export volume in France by over 10% thanks to an increasingly cross-border business. 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.”
The new distribution centre is a part of the company’s multi-year, US $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 centre/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 (ISMEA) regions attractive access to European markets.