UK freight specialist Meachers Global Logistics has acquired a new warehouse to accommodate a 20 per cent increase in demand for storage since the COVID-19 pandemic took effect.
The new premises at Solent Gateway in Marchwood, Southampton is providing the logistics firm with vital storage space for clients as the COVID-19 pandemic is causing supply chains to slow down.
Gary Whittle, Commercial Director, Meachers Global Logistics said: “The coronavirus outbreak has forced many supply chains to back up as companies with surplus goods have nowhere to ship it. Obviously the knock-on effect of this is needing storage for the goods until the country starts to get moving again, so we have needed to take on additional warehousing locally to ensure we can meet the needs of customers during this time.”
Solent Gateway was formed in 2016 as a joint venture between David Macbrayne Ltd and GBA (Holdings) Ltd to develop and manage the Port of Marchwood for 35 years. Its commercialisation of the Port unlocked vital capacity to both regional and international business using Southampton water.
Chris Anderson, Head of Business Development at Solent Gateway said: “We’ve seen a 200 per cent increase in enquiries for storage requirements since the start of the pandemic and where other ports are grinding to a halt, we have the capacity to absorb the overflow. We currently have 25 acres available for immediate use and are working actively to unlock more to meet demand.”