Hachette UK unveils high-tech Hely Hutchinson distribution centre

Hachette UK unveils high-tech Hely Hutchinson distribution centre

After four years of planning and construction, Hachette’s huge new distribution centre—the most expensive capital project in the firm’s history—was officially opened this week.

Built next to the hulking Didcot power station and on the remains of three of its demolished chimneys, Hachette Livre has spent "many tens of millions" on the Hely Hutchinson centre. In fact, all the numbers thrown around by Hachette UK c.o.o. Chris Emerson about the project are huge. The facility has 150,000 titles in stock and, when up to full speed, will dispatch 65 million books a year, shipping to more than 100...

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