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GLS opens its second-largest site in Germany



The new parcel center in Essen can handle up to 75,000 consignments daily and operates according to a sustainability concept.

"With the creation of increasingly closed resource cycles for electricity, water and air, we have succeeded in achieving three innovative milestones in the operation of a sustainable logistics location, which go far beyond our previous environmental solutions," says Gero Liebig, GLS Region Manager West. The new location in Essen is equipped with a photovoltaic and battery storage system that enables self-sufficient operation 160 days a year. By the end of next year, GLS also plans to have 20 electric vehicles in operation for emission-free delivery.

After the GLS headquarters in Neuenstein, Hesse, the new logistics center is the company’s second largest site in Germany. Strategically located, the transshipment center in Essen is to function as a European hub, especially between Germany and the Benelux countries. According to the company, the new location is also an important milestone in the expansion of capacity in the Ruhr region. The logistics center can already handle 75,000 consignments a day, and in the second stage of expansion the number is set to rise to 200,000.

GLS has invested around 15 million euros in the construction of the Essen site. The launch will see the creation of between 250 and 300 new jobs.