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Kuehne+Nagel opens carbon neutral Adidas fulfilment centre in Italy

Kuehne+Nagel and adidas have entered into a long-term strategic partnership for a highly automated, omnichannel 130,000 sqm dedicated fulfilment centre in Mantova, Italy. It is to be the largest CO2-neutral fulfilment centre in Kuehne+Nagel’s global history.

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Launching in 2024, the fulfilment centre will create around 700 new jobs and shall be able to process 18,000 packages per hour. Its operational model provides the flexibility required to handle adidas’ fluctuating volumes.

The entire fulfilment centre is set to be powered by 100% renewable energy sources. Kuehne+Nagel will also employ the most sustainable packaging materials and processes, aiming to reduce total resource consumption and CO2 emissions while ensuring high operational performance.

“The project’s combination of technology, service levels, sustainability and of course its exceptional scale has made it one of the most challenging ever faced by our team. The majority of it was also developed during lockdown, proving the capabilities of remote work and digital collaboration,” says Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics.

In addition, the campus’ approximately 700 employees can commute via environmentally friendly transport options as the city of Mantova greatly supports Kuehne+Nagel’s new facility.

“The new logistic hub confirms Mantova’s strategic role in the logistic landscape. Only two kilometres from A22 highway and close to the international river port of Valdarno in the middle of an intermodal corridor from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean. We supported this extraordinary project at full speed and determination due to the strategic relevance on our community and the extraordinary innovation for our country”, comments Mattia Palazzi, Mayor of Mantova.