Yearsley Group unveils first ‘super hub’ distribution centre

By Gary Scattergood

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Yearsley Group has unveiled its first super hub at Hams Hall, Coleshill
Yearsley Group has unveiled its first super hub at Hams Hall, Coleshill

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The first of three “super hubs” being created by the Yearsley Group is now operational as the firm seeks to provide manufacturers with more cost effective distribution services.

The 200,000m2​ Hams Hall cold store site in Coleshill, West Midlands will be followed by completion of a second at Heywood in Manchester in May.

The firm has just secured planning permission for a third in Peterborough.

With the Hams Hall site being close to five major motorways, Yearsley boss Harry Yearsley said it was the ideal location to consolidate stock from around the UK and abroad.

Drive down costs

At an open day held at the site yesterday (February 28) industry executives were shown the fully-automated crane stores – something Yearsley says is helping to drive down costs.

It also claimed that the high bay design, minimal light requirements and reductions in door openings created electricity savings, while software has been installed to allow rapid responses to distribution requirements.

It also included an online information system – NetStock – which gives clients real-time access to all stock information.

Yearsley said: “The idea of super hubs is to offer primary consolidation centres at strategic centres across the UK in order to satisfy the logistical needs of manufacturers and importers for deliveries into their clients in retail or foodservice.”

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