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Nike (US) expands European distribution center in Flanders

American sports goods company Nike recently opened a brand-new distribution center in Flanders. Powered entirely by renewable energy, the Court Distribution Center – colloquially called ‘the Court’ – is situated in the town of Ham and represents a new step in Nike’s continued investments in a fast and flexible supply chain to deliver its full product range to consumers anywhere and anytime.

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European Logistics Campus

The Court marks yet another expansion of Nike’s European Logistics Campus, which first opened in 1994 and now comprises 6 distribution facilities across Flanders – more specifically in the towns of Ham, Laakdal, Meerhout and Herentals. “The state-of-the-art Court Distribution Center in Ham will increase our responsiveness even further, as we accelerate our digital growth to better serve millions of consumers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East,” comments Eric Sprunk, Nike chief operating officer.

Enhancing sustainability

One of the main features that make Nike’s European Logistics Campus in Flanders stand out is its reliance on 100%-renewable energy. The campus draws energy from 5 locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass. In addition to railways and highways, the surrounding infrastructure also includes a network of canals, enabling 99% of inbound containers to reach the local container park by water. This makes it possible for the company to eliminate approximately 14,000 truck journeys each year, reducing carbon emissions in the process.

To top it all off, more than 95% of the waste generated on-site is recycled. To highlight just one example of how this is achieved: the pathways used by employees to walk around the facility are made from recycled footwear materials.

Learn more about setting up distribution and logistics in Flanders.

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https://news.nike.com
14 October 2019

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