GLS France has completed its largest infrastructure project of recent years. In March 2019, a new depot went into operation in Metz, increasing the company’s capacities significantly. Even with growing shipment volumes, this allows GLS to keep the transit times beween France and Germany short.
The Metz site serves both as a national distribution centre and as an international hub. The depot contributes to a much better balance of linehaul traffic throughout France. Located close to the Franco-German border, the site is also of strategic importance for transports between the two countries and strengthens the 24-hour connection between them.
As a result of steadily increasing shipment volumes, the old depot in Metz had reached its capacity limit. In the new, almost 4,000 square metre transshipment hall, around 50,000 parcels can be handled daily – 50 percent more than before. 20 gates are available for long-distance trucks, more than 40 gates for delivery vehicles. The 28,000 square metre site can be expanded further in the future.
In addition to increasing the site’s efficiency, GLS France has improved sustainability. Recycling measures and consistent waste separation are carried out. LED lamps reduce power consumption and green energy comes from a local windfarm.
Germany: new depot in Essen with European hub function
In June 2019, construction on a new location in Essen began. GLS is investing about 16 million euros in the depot, which will also serve as a European hub. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2020.