Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Continued European Expansion for Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group

Finland and Poland See Latest Developments for Schenker
Shipping News Feature

FINLAND – POLAND – Despite tough times for many freight forwarders at least one logistics group seems intent on continued expansion. Following their recent contracts with Finnish groups KONE the elevator company for their Chinese development, and Karelia-Upofloor Oy, the hardwood and resilient flooring, for whom they will operate a new distribution centre in Heinola, DB Schenker Logistics has announced the opening of a new facility in Poland.

DB Schenker Logistics has opened a new cross-docking terminal in Pruszcz Gdański in the greater Gdansk area. The facility is located directly next to the A1 expressway, near the beltway of Trójmiasto, in the Pruszcz Gdański commune. There, several thousand shipments a day will be consolidated. The company hopes that with the terminal’s traffic links to the network of national roads that links some of the major cities, Schenker Sp. z o.o. will be capable of introducing improvements and further developing business operations in Poland and Europe. Janusz Górski, Chairman of Schenker Sp. z o.o. said:

"Our new facility in Pomerania will be an important link in the logistic chain of DB Schenker, both in the national and international networks. We decided to invest in this location based on business targets and improvement of customer service on the one hand and on ecological and economic targets on the other."

The previous Schenker terminal was located in the centre of Gdynia and moving of the facility will contribute to reduce the traffic volume in the city, contributing to Schenker’s avowed social responsibility. Built on a plot of land with a surface area of three hectares, the terminal has a storage area of 4,500 square metres with 850 square metres of office space. The company hopes that, as with other of its terminal developments, the lighting system and full office ventilation heat recovery will help reduce water and energy consumption. Igor Nowaczyk, Gdynia Branch Manager and administrator of the new facility added:

"The new solution will result in increased security of shipments and in even higher quality of service. It will also provide new development opportunities for the company."

In Finland, Karelia-Upofloor chose DB Schenker Logistics to operate its 19,000 square metre distribution centre which will consolidate the customer’s warehousing activities and centralise logistics services that were previously provided within four different facilities around Finland, into one location. Erja Heiskanen, Supply Chain Manager at Karelia-Upofloor said:

“Consolidating all our warehouses under one roof provides us the benefits of unifying system integration and achieves consolidated deliveries to our customers.”

30 Schenker employees will provide standard warehousing services such as storage and shipping of products, as well as Value Added Services such as preparing of brochures and samples according to Karelia-Upofloor requirements, labelling of incoming products etc. Schenker Cargo Oy is also continuing to be the transportation company for the national distribution of Karelia-Upofloor products in Finland. Seppo Kari, Operations Manager, Schenker Cargo Oy commented:

“Being awarded this business demonstrates DB Schenker’s expertise and capabilities as a One Stop Shopping partner for Karelia Upofloor in the field of transportation, warehousing and specialised Value Added Services.”