Contract logistics giant GXO is moving into the UK’s shared warehousing sector with the launch of GXO Direct.

The move sees GXO and Clipper Logistics, which was acquired by GXO last year, combine their flexible, shared warehousing space, cutting edge technology and services to create one of the UK’s largest shared space offerings.

GXO Direct is also promising to help companies expand sales into new channels, including e-commerce, achieve economies of scale, reduce costs, minimise environmental impact and deliver a better customer experience.

The service is targeting customers ranging from large established businesses with evolving needs to smaller brands that are either just starting out or rapidly expanding, that don’t need a dedicated warehouse of their own but want a premium service.

Customers will have access to GXO’s experience and resources, its management information systems and software, as well as a wide range of value added solutions including its click-and-collect and returns services, and its in-house repair expertise.

GXO Direct UK is launching with a portfolio of 30 sites across the UK and already boasts a number of blue chip clients across a range of sectors, including Liberty’s of London, Sosandar and Fujitsu.

Clare Davies, former Clipper Logistics deputy chief operating officer, will lead the new GXO Direct division in the UK.

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“By removing cost and complexity, we make everything simpler, serving as a one-stop shop providing all the space, value added services and leading-edge technology that companies need to grow while exceeding their customers’ expectations.”

She said: “GXO Direct reflects the best of GXO and Clipper, pairing the expertise and global reach that allows brands to grow with an agile approach tailored to companies of any size, from the acorns to the oaks.

Announcing the launch, Bill Fraine, GXO chief commercial officer, said: “Now more than ever, businesses are looking for cost savings, flexibility, and an experienced partner that will accelerate their growth, while delivering an exceptional customer experience.

“Whether a start-up or a blue chip, companies want capacity, technology and expertise to fuel growth while minimizing operating costs. Every day, we meet that need with GXO Direct. It’s shared warehousing made easy.”

Gavin Williams, GXO MD, UK & Ireland, added: “By combining the shared space warehousing of GXO and Clipper, we have formed one of the largest flexible warehouse solutions in the UK.

“Our extensive on-demand warehousing provides the flexible space and premium services that customers are looking for in today’s market to rapidly launch new products or simply support their growth."