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Zalando to Build State-of-the-Art Fulfillment Center in the Netherlands

The online fashion platform locates near Rotterdam to support further growth in Western-Europe

Fulfillment center

Zalando, the Germany-based online fashion and lifestyle platform, has announced plans to build its first Dutch fulfillment center in Bleiswijk, near Rotterdam, starting in the summer of 2019. Zalando will invest 200 million Euros in the 140,000 square meter center which will create 1,500 jobs. The center is set to be operational in 2021 and will play a key role in serving Zalando’s growing customer base in Western Europe.

Highly-automated center

The fulfillment center will have a total storage capacity of 16 million items and will have the highest degree of automation within Zalando’s network, which currently consists of nine fulfillment centers across Europe.

Logistics and distribution infrastructure

Zalando has chosen Bleiswijk because of its location, the opportunity to invest into an existing business park with a well-developed infrastructure, and good collaboration with local authorities, the company said. It will benefit from the strong Dutch logistics and distribution infrastructure.

Jan Bartels, SVP Customer Fulfillment said, “A strong logistics network is the foundation for realizing our growth strategy and the vision of becoming the Starting Point for Fashion.”

Reducing delivery lead times

Kenneth Melchior, Director Northern Europe adds: “The Benelux markets play an integral role in the growth ambition of Zalando. The opening of our fulfillment center in Bleiswijk is crucial in enabling this growth. We look forward to enhancing our customer proposition by reducing delivery lead times in the Benelux area and introducing services like next and same-day delivery once Bleiswijk is fully operational.”

Sustainable solutions

For the construction of the fulfillment center, Zalando has the ambition to invest in sustainable solutions such as solar panels on the roof of the building. In this context, Zalando strives to achieve the ‘very good’ score of the sustainability certification BREEAM-NL.

Justin Hildebrandt, Managing Director of USAA Realco-Europe which will develop the project says, “The building’s innovative and forward-looking design and scale as one of the largest single occupier logistics developments in the Netherlands was the vision that we have had for this project, and Zalando was the ideal occupier to complete this vision.”

Tim Beckmann, partner Somerset Capital Partners said the center will be unique for its kind. “The whole development will be done to the highest standards of sustainability and it will revitalize the business park that previously housed Royal FloraHolland’s flower auction activities.”

About Zalando

Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle. Founded in Berlin in 2008, the company brings fashion to more than 27 million active customers in 17 markets. In 2018, Zalando realized a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros.

Source: Zalando press release

4 July 2019

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