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Ikea continues fulfilment transformation with first Irish distribution centre

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Ikea has opened its first ever logistics facility in Ireland, with deliveries now reaching customers in three days.

Before now, Ikea deliveries to Irish consumers required dispatch from the UK. With the inauguration of this new multi-million-euro facility in Ireland, Ikea’s business in Ireland will have one of the shortest delivery times in Europe.

The furniture retailer said this strategic move not only brings Ikea products closer to its Irish customers but also significantly improves product availability throughout Ireland.

Ikea expects the distribution centre to be making more than 300,000 deliveries in the first year of operation, with that figure almost doubling to nearly 600,000 within five years. Eventually the plan is to be able to deliver up to three million items a year from the centre.

“The opening of Ireland’s first Ikea distribution centre will greatly benefit our customers through faster and more reliable deliveries,” said Jakob Bertilsson, country customer fulfilment manager, Ikea Ireland and UK.

“It marks a key step in our ambitious expansion plans across Ireland. We remain committed to – and are continually investing in – the future of our physical store in Dublin, but we want people to enjoy the Ikea experience no matter where they choose to engage with us, whether through our full-size store, plan and order points, or online. This new distribution centre will greatly enable this, by increasing availability of our products and reducing lead times.”

This new distribution centre in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, which will employ over 200 people, follows upgrades to the Ballymun store and a collaboration with Tesco Ireland to offer a collection service.

It comes almost one year after Ikea opened it 452,000 sqft customer distribution centre in Dartford, Kent – which created 300 jobs and is capable of delivering almost one million orders annually across London and the South East of England.

Ikea’s UK warehouse investment is tracked in an exclusive company profile in the DeliveryX Warehousing 2024 report.

The report, which will be available to pre-register for soon, also includes three retailer interviews with B&Q, Pets at Home and Furniturebox discussing the critical role of their facilities in delivering for customers.

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