Advanced Supply Chain (ASC), a UK-based end-to-end supply chain and logistics service provider, has announced plans to invest $76.5m (£59.97m) to open a new 21,647m² logistics facility in Nettetal, a municipality in north-west Germany. The company will create 150 new jobs during the first year of operations, rising to 400 jobs by the end of 2026. The company also plans to open a new logistics and fulfilment centre in Bradford, where it is headquartered, in September 2023, and a site in Poland by the end of 2027.

Of the project, Ben Balfour, chief operations officer at ASC, said: “Opening in Nettetal will provide retailers and consumer brands throughout Germany and Europe with access to our full range of solutions for optimising their omni-channel supply chains. Our industry-leading technology can enhance supply chain visibility, effectively integrate multiple sales and returns channels, and deliver rich data that helps inform much more strategic decision-making.

“The new operating facility provides retailers with the ability to process European customer returns much closer to the point of sale. This can help to reduce supply chain mileage, cut carbon emissions, and generate new financial savings that benefit the overall feasibility of customer returns and avoid margin dilution.”

ASC already has international operations active in the Czech Republic, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Nettetal is a municipality in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Lower Rhine region, close to the border with the Netherlands. Its population stands at just under 50,000, and it is situated within an easy drive of Essen, Düsseldorf and Cologne.

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