A system this flexible and responsive has to be highly efficient – and it is no coincidence that our ceaseless search for greater efficiency ties in perfectly with our all-encompassing commitment to sustainability.
Our 10 logistics centres are in Spain, close to the head offices of our eight brands. Most production is also carried out in proximity, cutting travel distances, and reducing energy consumption and emissions.
|OUR LOGISTIC CENTRES
|Arteixo, A Coruña, Spain
|Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara, Spain
|Elche, Alicante, Spain
|Meco, Madrid, Spain
|Narón, A Coruña, Spain
|Onzonilla del Campo, León, Spain
|Palafolls, Barcelona, Spain
|Sallent, Barcelona, Spain
|Tordera, Barcelona, Spain
We use the latest technology and software designed by our expert in-house teams. A recent example is the the start-up of highly-advanced multi-shuttle areas at the Bershka platform in Tordera (Barcelona) and at the Arteixo distribution centre (La Coruña). These systems make dispatch time management more efficient and precise and double the speed with which boxes are moved, stored and collected.
Our new logistics centres are built and managed to the highest international sustainability standards. We have been systematically upgrading all our existing logistics platforms, introducing eco-efficient lighting, improving insulation, installing sophisticated climate-control equipment, supplying bicycles and electric vehicles for internal transport, and using renewable energy sources. In fact, we generated more than 47 million kWh of our own renewable energy at our logistics centres in 2015 alone.
We work with our suppliers to standardise packaging, using more sustainable materials, and reusing cardboard boxes, hangers and alarms in our shipments, recycling them when they can no longer be used. Each cardboard box that we use to send our garments to our stores can be used up to five times. By increasing our packing density per shipment we were also able to cut 2.3 million kilometres of road transport and 185,700m2 of cardboard packaging in 2015.
With regular environmental training and awareness programmes, the daily actions and working practices of employees in our logistics centres and offices are reducing consumption and waste even further.
The transportation and distribution of our products is undertaken entirely by external contractors – but we still play an active role in trying to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions involved. We have developed a tool to measure emissions based on different means of transportation in line with international standards laid down in the GHG Protocol, so that we can track progress, and we offer improvement plans for our distributors to make reductions.