Monday, July 7, 2014

Freight and Logistics Group Expands Non Food Import Portfolio with New Facility

Import Development for Existing Retail Client Warrants Opening of Another Storage and Distribution Terminal
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ROMANIA – Tibbett Logistics, a subsidiary of the Keswick Enterprises Group, has further extended its interest its storage and distribution interests with the inception of an 8,500 square metre facility in Europolis Park on the western edge of Bucharest, its tenth distribution centre in the country and close to its neighbouring 22,000 square metre freight and distribution facility, the import contract principal being an ‘unnamed leading European multi-national retailer’.

The new work will include non-food imports from Asia Pacific and European suppliers to tie in with the storage and domestic distribution of the retailer's imported dry food products, plus merchandise from Romanian suppliers being currently handled at the main Europolis Park terminal. Tibbett currently handles much traffic for Real Hypermarket Romania SLR, founded in 2006 and acquired in December last year by Groupe Auchan SA.

Tibbett Logistics is Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist. It provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. As well as operating 80,000 square metres of warehousing, making it the country's largest third-party provider of warehousing solutions, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis, along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

The location of the new site was chosen with transport efficiencies in mind, imported container freight from the Asia Pacific region is transported from the Port of Constanta to Bucharest by Tibbett Logistics' regular block train service into its own intermodal (road-rail) terminal located just 50 metres from the new import warehouse, the first new facility to be opened by Tibbett Logistics in 2014 and follows the inauguration of an automotive warehouse in Arad at the end of 2013. In 2012 the company opened a combined FMCG and automotive warehouse of 8,500 square metres in Deva, plus a new platform for the handling of fresh fish in Bucharest, and further openings are expected to be announced later this year.

Tibbett Logistics has been a pioneer of intermodal transport in Romania and is the only private operator of a rail container terminal in Bucharest By the fourth quarter of this year the company expects to be transporting intra-European imports via intermodal services as well, which will shift some 2,500 truckloads from road to rail, a saving it claims equates to over 55 million tonne-kilometres a year.

Photo: Tibbett Logistics' new retail imports warehouse at Europolis Park receives its first stock.