Three European retailers are launching new logistics sites and technologies on the continent as they look to support their growth.
Decathlon is building a new logistics centre in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The new site will offer 45000 square metres of space at the Kraaiven business area, owned by developer HVBM Vastgoed. It will initially have a staff of 150 employees and will offer office, mezzanine and warehouse space.
Set to open in mid-2020, the site aims to accommodate strong sales growth in the country.
Rohan Uijlings, real estate director of Decathlon in the Netherlands: “We want to serve our customers even better and to be able to supply our stores even better.
“Modern consumers no longer want to wait long for their purchases, which is why we are making this important investment that goes hand in hand with our healthy growth in the Netherlands.”
MediaMarkt Sweden has installed an automated logistics solution from DB Schenker at its logistics centre at Arlandastad, near Stockholm.
The automated system allows entire sections of warehouse shelving to move autonomously, meaning that goods are transported directly to staff for picking. The system is able to combine picking processes for several customer orders.
The system allows all of MediaMarkt Sweden’s online orders to be stored, picked and packed in an area of around 15000 square metres.
The solution will be developed further in the future with the aim of increasing automation to reduce processing times.
Michael Rylander, head of supply chain and logistics, MediaMarkt Sweden: “Given Schenker’s know-how, knowledge, organization and technical skills within the 3PL-market, we strongly believe that Schenker is the right partner for contributing to our future success. This partnership is an important milestone for us on our journey towards providing an even better customer experience.”
Meanwhile, the UK’s Made.com is working with Katoen Natie to build a new logistics centre in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The site will initially be 36,000 square metres and is set to double in the future.
The location is strategically located near to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, where 70% of Made.com’s products arrive. Antwerp will serve mainland European markets but not the UK.