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Home Depot to opens three distribution centres near Atlanta

BIG BOX retailer Home Depot to has announced that it will open three distribution centres in Georgia over the next 18 months to support the growing demand for Pro and DIY customers, reports the American Journal of Transportation

12 August 2020 - 19:00

BIG BOX retailer Home Depot to has announced that it will open three distribution centres in Georgia over the next 18 months to support the growing demand for Pro and DIY customers, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

The expansion is projected to bring 1,000 additional jobs to the Atlanta area, including full-time and part-time positions.



'Retail has changed more in the past four years than in our company's 40-year history. Customers expect to shop whenever, wherever and however they want - whether they're buying a hammer or a pallet of pavers,' said company vice president Stephanie Smith.



In 2017, the company announced a US$1.2 billion investment to expand its distribution network with 150 new supply chain facilities nationwide, with the goal of expanding the company's existing same-day and next-day delivery options to 90 per cent of the US population.



The largest of the new Atlanta-area facilities is a 657,600-square foot distribution centre in Locust Grove that will focus on fast replenishment to stores in the Southeast.



Britain revives no-deal Brexit truck plan, fearing border chaos



BRITAIN is bracing for an economic shock when the Brexit transition period ends in January and cross-border freight faces new procedures, reports Bloomberg News,



The government is concerned trucks moving from Britain to the EU won't have the right customs forms, meaning they could be stopped by French officials and cause major supply chain disruption.



Trucks without the right documents risk 'being held at port until the relevant paperwork has been provided, and in some circumstances having their goods seized or destroyed,' the government said.



It said analysis from October 2019, when it appeared Britain may leave the EU without a deal, showed truckers were poorly prepared for the new customs check.



Under a new 'Smart Freight System' (SFS), truckers will have to fill in details on a government website showing they have the correct documents to enter the EU. Then they will be issued with a permit giving permission to proceed to the port.



Truck drivers who don't comply with the system could face a fine of GBP300 (US$391) under the government's plan.



The system will be superseded by a new Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) from July, when imports from the EU to the UK will also face full customs checks. Both the SFS and GVMS are still in development and are untested.



'There is an overload of new systems coming to operate the border,' said Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs at the Road Haulage Association. 'It is essential that all systems work together to minimise bureaucracy and duplication, and that is not happening at the moment.'


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