Nike has opened its largest distribution center in Asia, the China Logistics Center in Taicang, Jiangsu.
The new 200,000-square meter facility may well be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System]-accredited warehouse complex in China.
Construction of the facility generated 1,800 jobs and is expected to provide up to 1,500 permanent jobs by 2015.
The China Logistics Center will handle all in-bound and out-bound Nike products including apparel, footwear, equipment and Nike Golf.
Nike hopes that by using modern techniques and machinery the center will reduce distribution time and optimize the overall logistics process.
Vadvert.co.uk reports that the China Logistics Center is designed as a green facility and even has a solar heating system. It is claimed that the design should help Nike to reduce 4,200 tons of CO2 emissions annually while saving up to 4.4 million kilowatts of power.