Tempe, the footwear manufacturing and sourcing unit of Inditex, has opened a new €100 million distribution center in Elche with a capacity to handle more than 100 million pairs of shoes per year for the 5,000-odd stores of Zara and the other retail chains of the group around the world. Tempe, which has its design and sourcing office in Elche, delivered more than 47.7 million pairs of shoes to Inditex' stores last year, up by 18.4 percent from 2009, and the upward climb is expected to continue. Tempe will initially employ 300 persons at the new facility, with a plan to rise to 500 employees at full capacity, in line with the group's expansion. The new complex has a total floor space of nearly 150,000 square meters, with 63,000 m² for storage. It can hold up to 9 million pairs of shoes for Tempe. Sophisticated computer systems and automation should ensure that shoes are delivered to European stores within an average of 24 hours.