The aim of the new facilities is to absorb the growth of its e-commerce logistics, enlarge the dispatches area and support Mango’s new business lines
This 90,000 m2 enlargement will allow the company to reduce the cost of preparing online orders by 25%
It is forecast that the new building will become partially operational by the second half of 2022 and have full omnichannel capability by 2023
The company is meeting its deadlines in spite of the pandemic
Mango has commenced the works to enlarge its logistics centre in Lliçà d’Amunt (Barcelona). This enlargement, which was planned when the logistics centre was initially designed, involves an investment of approximately 35 million euros and will allow the company to reduce the cost of preparing online orders by 25%.
The new facilities will enlarge the centre by 90,000 m2, giving it a total surface area of 280,000 m2, the equivalent of 40 football pitches. Mango is on schedule with these works, in spite of the pandemic.
The aim of the enlargement is to allow the centre to absorb the growth of e-commerce logistics (making it possible to send orders directly to the final customer), increase the capacity and speed of the dispatches area and support Mango’s new business lines.
Toni Ruiz, Mango CEO, explains that “the increase we are experiencing in e-commerce confirms that planning this enlargement was the right decision, given that it will allow us to automate certain tasks in order to absorb the anticipated volume. Maintaining investments in strategic projects that will allow us to anticipate future needs and become more competitive is a priority for the company”.
Mango forecasts that the new facilities, which will be distributed on three floors, will commence part of its delivery operations during the second half of 2022. The centre will have full omnichannel capability by 2023.
“With this enlargement we will give the centre full omnichannel capability, optimising the existing installations and complementing them with solutions that are more specific to e-commerce”, Toni Ruiz adds.
Incorporation of new automated systems and increased capacity
The enlargement includes the incorporation of new automated systems to complement the existing functionalities of the centre. Consequently, the centre will have a pouch sorter, making it possible to sequence orders and automate the processing of returns, which is particularly important for the online channel. It will also be equipped with Automated Mobile Robots (AMRs) used for internal movement within the centre, which will guarantee the high degree of flexibility necessary in today’s changing environment. Finally, it will be equipped with a shipping sorter for processing the deliveries. With the new facilities, the logistics centre will increase its capacity for processing garments by up to an extra 10,000 garments per hour. In total, it will be able to process 85,000 garments per hour.
A sustainable development
It is planned that the building will be developed in accordance with responsible building practices.
The new building will be equipped with solar panels in the roof, which will supply the energy necessary to generate the hot water, as well as charging points for electric vehicles. It is also planned to reuse all the rainwater from the roof to supply water to the Can Dunyó wetlands area located nearby.
Currently, the Logistics Centre centralises distribution to the more than 2,200 stores Mango has in over 110 countries. It also replenishes the 11 online business warehouses Mango operates worldwide.