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2015-2017 Archives (Please contact us for access)

Toll Opens Next-Generation Distribution Center in Australia

Summary: February 2, 2018 – The A$160 million retail and eCommerce fulfillment center is specially designed to support the growth of online shopping in Australia. According to its press release, the facility:

  •  is 32,000 square meters
  • incorporates 15,600 square meters of automation equipment
  • is capable of picking, processing and packing 375,000 items per day
  • shortens delivery times from days to hours

The facility was constructed in collaboration with apparel retailer, Specialty Fashion Group, Toll’s anchor tenant at the new site. The facility operates as a shared, multi-user facility, with capacity to support additional retailers and their supply chain operations. It offers complete omni-channel capability to help retailers adapt to the changing needs of their customers in an ever-competitive sector.

LogisticsTI Take: As Amazon moves into the Australian market and Alibaba looks to further consolidate its position there, Australian retailers are caught in the middle. By taking a page out both e-commerce behemoth’s play books, partnering with such logistic providers as Toll will help retailers fulfill and deliver items at a quicker pace. However, Toll is one of many logistics providers working with retailers in the Australian market. How it differentiates itself from the others will be key.


CEVA Opens Multiuser Warehouse in Spain

Summary: February 1, 2018 – Located near Madrid, the facility 16,300 sqm, in total with 400 sqm office facilities, and almost 16,000 sqm of warehousing space, and will eventually contain the operations of several customers. It’s location next to the A-2 motorway and close to the A-1 make it easy for customer goods deliveries and dispatch.

CEVA already has a number of other multiuser centers in Spain, including at Subirats, in Catalonia, and in the Ontigola area south area of Madrid.

LogisticsTI Take: As noted by the press release – The opening of this multiuser warehouse is a key part of CEVA’s growth strategy across Iberia. It is also the first step of a strategic process of positioning CEVA in the area north of Madrid, where previously it had no presence and will enable the company to expand its plan to continue expanding in the near future.


DSV Opens Distribution Center in the UK

Summary: January 18, 2018 – DSV has opened a new facility in Stoke-on-Trent with easy access to major road networks. The location consists of a total of 213,821 square feet ) and holds up to 27,000 pallets. It has a three floor mezzanine structure. In addition, the site has a BREAAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certificate and an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) A rating.

LogisticsTI Take: We’re not sure but doing a quick search finds another 213,821 square foot facility that DSV opened in July 2017 in Stoke-on-Trent. The facility is operated by DSV on behalf of Fiskars. Regardless, DSV’s business continues to grow and as a result the company is expanding to meet its customers’ needs.


Wincanton Enhances its e-Fulfillment Offering with Introduction of New Services

Summary: UK-based Wincanton announced expansion of its e-fulfillment service by introducing a number of solutions for what it calls a focus on “Supplier-to-Customer (S2C) Delivery with Scalable Carrier & Delivery Management, combined with Efficient, Effective Returns”. These solutions make up six core services including:

  • Advanced e-fulfillment management – End-to-end order and customer service management, with product traceability and the ability to rapidly scale-up to accommodate peaks in demand.
  • Flexible collaborative warehousing – Features services such as pick-pack-dispatch.
  • Trusted carrier management –  The company’s  carrier network partners are all focused on customer communication and flexibility.
  • Best-in-class two-man home delivery – Assembly and packaging removal service
  • Integrated “Supplier to Customer” (S2C) functionality – An integrated service which means that retailers can extend their range or diversify their portfolio without actually having to take stock into their own shops or warehouses
  • Efficient and effective returns – Giving the consumer a choice on how and when they return products, swift refunding and recycling stock while helping the consumer to purchase alternative goods from the same retailer.

LogisticsTI Take: Wincanton’s core services will prove beneficial to its customers. However, the company is faced with stiff competition on its home turf. Despite the sell-off of its overseas holdings such as its European operations to Rhenus in 2011, it may consider smart expansion and/or partnership opportunities particularly with Brexit looming.


 

Tompkins International’s MonarchFX, Partners With NFI

Summary: January 8, 2018 – The two companies have signed an agreement to deploy the first Rapid Deployment MonarchFx Center (RDMC), in Chino, California. The RDMC is imbedded within the NFI distribution center campus having the capacity to provide 19 million consumers with same day delivery, 22 million with one-day delivery, and 51 million with two-day delivery. The Chino location is the first of five locations around the United States, slated to open within the next six months.

In addition, the Chino RDMC will include Tompkins Robotics, the SensorThink IoT platform, the Softeon technology platform, and the Tompkins Warehouse Execution System.

LogisticsTI Take: According to the press release, MonarchFx was created to give brands and retailers a “highly credible fulfillment solution, superior to other alternatives”. It is also likely this latest solution will also target and benefit cross-border e-commerce between Asia-Pacific and the US, in particular Alibaba and JD.com customers.


Crane Worldwide Logistics Expands Further into Middle East

Summary: January 9, 2018 – Crane Worldwide Logistics expanded into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a fully-operational office based in Dammam. The office covers air freight, ocean freight and logistics services.

According to Crane Worldwide Logistics Regional Vice President EMEIA, “Saudi Arabia is seen by ourselves and many of our clients as an upcoming logistics hub. With economic diversification as a focus, commercial growth is paving the way for transport infrastructure development particularly at airport and ocean ports.”

Crane Worldwide Logistics also has its own entities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with business across a number of sectors including Automotive, Aerospace and Energy.

LogisticsTI Take: Opportunities are growing in the Middle East as the region further opens to foreign investment and diversifies from oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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