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VF unveils new US distribution centre

The new facility is said to be the largest and most efficient of VF Corporation’s distribution hubs.

VF Corporation has opened a new facility in Ontario, California, which the company describes as its largest and most efficient distribution centre to date. Around 550 members of staff are expected to be employed in the complex during peak periods. At 1.2 million square feet (111,500 square metres), the development is the largest – and said to be the most efficient – within VF’s global network of 46 distribution centres. Described as having ‘state-of-the-art automation and capabilities’, the facility has been designed to enable VF to provide more efficient distribution services to its owned retail stores, wholesale customers and e-commerce patrons.

Initially servicing The North Face and Vans with the capability to add more VF brands at a later time, the centre reportedly has the capacity to ship 485,000 units per day and provide next-day e-commerce fulfilment for consumers in Arizona, California, Nevada and southern Utah. The facility was designed to support VF’s sustainability commitments, with features and systems intended to help reduce the impact on the environment. These include an estimated 56 per cent saving in annual energy costs through the use of efficient lighting, controls and submetering.

The building design and construction has achieved the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, and is also expected to meet the same level of distinction presented by the International WELL Building Institute. Other features include EV chargers, restorative areas and a fitness facility to encourage health and wellness.

Founded in 1899, VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest active-lifestyle companies. It has a portfolio of outdoor, active, workwear and streetwear brands including Dickies, The North Face, Timberland and Vans.

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This article was originally published on page 3 of the June 2023 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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