Our UK businesses transport over 1.2 million pallets of goods every year. To give you an idea of the scale of this herculean logistical feat: if you stack those pallets on top of each other, it is the equivalent of shipping the height of Mount Everest every other day. I feel the early onset of vertigo just thinking about it.
It is clear that Mars’ products are loved by the nation and play a meaningful role in the lives of those who buy them. And our logistics network is at the very heart of the process of ensuring people can get what they want, when they want it. It is more than a cog in the wheel, it’s the sprocket and chain too.
With this in mind, I am proud to share that we have today announced a multi-year partnership with DHL that will see £350m invested into our logistics network. The partnership will see the construction of two new depots that will have a combined square footage of over a million feet – or 13 football pitches. The sites will become fully operational in the spring of 2022 and 2023 and will increase Mars’ current warehousing capacity by over 50%. Meaning we are well positioned to keep pace with increasing consumer demand and deliver our much-loved portfolio of products to future generations.
What’s good for our business is also good for the planet. This landmark piece of work will deliver annual CO2 savings of 7.7% across Mars’ outbound logistics network. It will also remove a million miles a year from roads – which is 40 times around the world or 8,547 times around the M25. This is a meaningful step in Mars’ sustainability journey, as we look to create the world we want tomorrow – which we know starts with how we do business today.
This is a proud moment for our business in the UK, and today’s announcement represents the realisation of our bold ambition of creating a world class logistics operation that is sustainable, smart and agile
General Manager Mars Pet Nutrition UK