Marks & Spencer is investing £200m in a new distribution centre at a new development in London Gateway, Essex.
The investment will see the creation of 700 new jobs to support the 900,000 sq ft centre, which will produce “major efficiencies in M&S’ supply chain”, the retailer said.
The location of DP World London Gateway, 25 miles from central London, will give M&S closer access to some of the UK’s largest regional cities, reducing cost and “thousands of tonnes of CO2”.
M&S chief executive Marc Bolland 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, multi-channel 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.”