Levi Strauss & Co. has started building a 70,000 sq. meter sustainably-minded state-of-the-art distribution center in Dorsten, Germany.
It will be built in a former mining site and will be inspired by Cradle to Cradle principles as it will follow science-based measures in terms of material health, renewable energy and climate, water and soil stewardship. Furthermore, it will also encourage product circularity and social fairness practices.
The new center is scheduled to start operations in April 2024. It will supply the European market with up to 55 million articles from a wide range of offerings and will support the company’s omnichannel strategy, making Dorsten become a central location in LS&Co.’s operations.
The new distribution center will create up to 650 new jobs at full capacity, making it become a high attraction working location within its area. It will be built from sustainably sourced concrete, and also feature a geothermal heating and cooling system. It will hist vegetated walls, rooftop solar panels and a green roof, bicycle commuter storage, electric vehicle chargers, an on-site park as well as advanced recycling facilities.
“This is a big step for us, a critical piece of our strategy both to keep growing our business in Europe and to become more sustainable across our operations,” commented Liz O’ Neill, executive vice president & chief operations officer, LS&CO.