GLS is building a new, environmentally friendly depot in Tongeren, Belgium, at a cost of 20 million euros – two buildings for separate cargo and parcel processing on a site of around 60,000 m². They are scheduled to be in operation at the beginning of 2020.
In the future, over 300 employees and delivery drivers from transport partners will be working here, processing up to 30,000 parcels and 2,500 pallets per day. If consignment volumes continue to grow, the facility can be expanded.
With its new depot, GLS is expanding its capacities in the provinces of Limburg and Liège. At the same time, the site marks the conclusion of a restructuring of linehaul routes. GLS Belgium is increasingly using direct connections. If trucks are used to capacity, this is more efficient and reduces CO2 emissions in comparison to routing via a hub and spoke system.
All depots in Belgium will be connected to Tongeren directly. The location will also serve as a gateway to Germany and Eastern Europe in the future. This will enable GLS to offer later collection times and shorter delivery times for its customers.
At the new depot, a geothermal heat pump as a primary heat source will reduce CO2 emissions. A rainwater utilisation system will cut water consumption in half and efficient LED lights will be used for lighting. Solar collectors on the roof of the hall will produce ‘green energy’ in the future. Charging stations for electric vehicles are also planned.
The new depot in Tongeren is being built based on the model of the GLS facility in Nivelles (see photo above). GLS will have the option to expand the halls on the 60,000 m² site if necessary. Perfect for GLS: the central location in Europe with direct connections to national and international motorways.