Nike has expanded its Belgium logistics facility to cater for its global market

Nike has expanded its Belgium logistics facility to cater for its global market

Sporting goods giant Nike is further pushing its vision for a low-carbon, closed-loop future with an expansion of its European logistics campus, which it says will make its operations more efficient, responsive and sustainable.

The expansion of the Belgium facility marks the fifth period of growth for Nike's European campus, which stretches across four locations in Belgium: Laakdal, Meerhout, Herentals and Ham. It will now serve 38 countries globally, including, retail and wholesale.

"Globally, we ship more than one billion units of footwear, apparel and equipment every year, which demands an agile, innovative and sustainable supply chain," said Eric Sprunk, COO of Nike. "This latest investment…allows Nike to serve a vast network of retailers and consumers not just on the continent, but across the world."

The campus sources energy from its surrounding landscape – from five locally generated renewable energy sources, including six 150-metre-high wind turbines (enough to power 5,000 households) and solar panels with a surface area equivalent to three soccer fields. Additionally, around 95% of waste generated on-site is recycled, and transportation routes to and from the campus have been optimised to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%.

The facility is fed by an infrastructure of canals, railways and highways. Around 99% of inbound containers reach the local container park by water, not road, saving 14,000 truck journeys a year, Nike says. 

"Our growth ambitions and meeting the rising expectations of our consumers are only possible with a smarter, faster and more sustainable supply chain," added Sprunk. "That's why this new facility is critical to enabling us to process orders with incredible agility, flexibility and speed – from a single product order to ten thousand."