Sports brand Nike says its is looking to serve consumers faster with a "more responsive, agile supply chain", after unveiling the latest expansion of its European Logistics Campus in Belgium.

Bert Stevens, vice president of supply chain operations at Nike Europe called it a "sustainable innovation" development, which will serve consumers across, Nike retail and the company's wholesale partners in 38 countries, all from a single inventory location. It is also expected to help accelerate the company's drive toward what the organisation has described as the "supply chain of the future".

The campus is situated approximately 50km outside of Antwerp, amongst green fields and alongside the Albert Canal. The latest expansion marks the fifth period of growth for the site, which stretches across Laakdal, Meerhout, Herentals and Ham in the heart of the Belgian countryside.

Nike says the European Logistics Campus, which employs 3,000 people, uses 100% renewable energy and sources energy from five locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass. In addition, six wind turbines on-site produce enough electricity to power 5,000 households, and the on-site solar panels cover the size of three soccer fields.

Other features include a significant canal network, with 99% of inbound containers reaching the local container park, by water, not road, which Nike says saves 14,000 truck journeys a year. Meanwhile, the site has installed a unique daylight capture system and automated LED lighting to help reduce electricity costs and the development's overall environmental impact.

Eric Sprunk, chief operating officer at Nike, commented: "Globally, we ship more than one billion units of footwear, apparel and equipment every year, which demands an agile, innovative and sustainable supply chain.

"The expansion of our European Logistics Campus demonstrates our commitment to bring the full range of Nike products to consumers more quickly, where and when they want it – whether it's one pair of Flyknit shoes or a 10,000-item order for a retailer."