FedEx Express Opens New Ground Operations Centre In Barcelona’s Zona Franca
New Facility Features Cutting-Edge Technology for Parcel Sorting and Tracking, Making Shipment Traceability Even More Accurate.
FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), has opened a new ground operations centre in Barcelona. Thanks to its size, capacity and strategic location in the city’s Zona Franca, the facility will process both domestic and international shipments, serving as a gateway between the Barcelona region and Europe.
FedEx Express is creating Europe’s leading logistics network through strategic investments, and Spain plays a key role in this expansion process. Following FedEx’s acquisition of TNT last year, FedEx Express is adding a significant European ground network to its air network already operating in Europe and worldwide, providing more opportunities for customers to reach even more destinations, faster.
The new ground operations centre is located in the industrial area of Zona Franca, one of Spain’s largest and most dynamic industrial areas. The new facility, which is situated next to international transportation infrastructure, has a gross floor area of 16,905 m2, of which 14,505 m2 of warehouse space and 2,400 m2 of offices. The land belongs to Cilsa, the public-private partnership that manages the Zona d’Activitats Logístiques (ZAL- Area of Logistics Activities) in the Port of Barcelona, presided by Sixte Cambra.
It is equipped with leading-edge technology, including integrated weight and volume capture systems that provide 360-degree images of all sides of the package, thus increasing traceability. In addition, a state-of-the-art cross-belt sorting system enables processing of up to 10,000 packages per hour. This makes the new Barcelona centre FedEx Express’ most advanced facility in Spain.
“We are very proud to open a new facility in Barcelona, which allows us to improve service to both FedEx Express and TNT customers in the region and abroad,” said Paloma Romero-Salazar, vice president, Ground Operations, FedEx Express Spain and Portugal.
“We are very excited that a company of the size and relevance of FedEx is now installed in the new area of ZAL Port-Ciutat consolidating Zona d’Activitats Logístiques (ZAL- Area of Logistics Activities) as an strategic logistics hub,” said Alfonso Martínez, general director, CILSA
Furthermore, the cross-dock warehouse has 93 docks for trucks and 120 for vans, spread out along six extended docks throughout the main warehouse, one of the facility’s main logistics innovations.
About 280 team members will be employed at the new centre. The facility provides three clearly distinct spaces for parking light vehicles, tractor vehicles and trailers, providing for increased traffic fluidity and safety.