Friday, October 9, 2015

Huge New Supply Chain Warehouse to Handle Fashion Groups' Freight and Logistics Requirements

Four Ten Year Contracts are Exceptional in Today's World of Forwarding
Shipping News Feature
UK – WORLDWIDE – Freight forwarding and supply chain management firm Ceva Logistics, has been awarded four ten-year contracts worth over £260 million to provide warehousing, store deliveries, e-commerce fulfilment, international distribution and fourth party logistics services to four leading fashion retailers. Under the new contracts, which will run until 2025, Ceva will manage a newly-acquired 25,000 square metre shared-user facility in Oxfordshire, UK, which will handle around 20 million units per annum, across 30,000 stock keeping units. The site, which employs 330 people, is semi-automated, and handles the processing and storage of hanging and boxed garments, as well as fashion accessories. Michael O’Donoghue, Ceva’s Managing Director, UK, Ireland and Nordics said:

“We welcome Coast, Karen Millen, Oasis and Warehouse to our growing retail fashion business, and look forward to these long-term partnerships. Ten year contracts are rarely seen in our industry, and I believe that these are testament to our ability to design truly effective solutions, optimise supply chain operations and provide service quality that stands the test of time.”

The Ceva operation, which operates on four floors, will serve the four brands’ 752 stores and concessions in the UK, and 29 international markets across Europe, Middle East, Russia, Far East and Latin America. Ceva will handle all relevant Customs clearance activity as well as having 4PL responsibility in North America and Hong Kong. Ceva will also manage reverse logistics activity and customer returns for the four brands, and carry out essential end of season de-stocking activity. Andy Ware, CFO of Karen Millen said:

“I’m confident that through utilising Ceva’s domestic and international networks we’ll see a real advancement in our ability to reach and serve our expanding consumer base in both our emerging and developed marketplaces.”

These new agreements represent significant progression into the e-commerce market for Ceva, which will undertake the co-ordination of around 1 million orders per annum for the four brands, as well as an eBay sales and fulfilment operation for Warehouse’s end of season stock. Sanam Soufipour, CFO of Oasis and Warehouse observed:

“With Ceva’s culture of operations excellence and quality management expertise, we’re in no doubt that the team will manage a smooth transition ahead of peak season as well as optimise the overall performance of our supply chain operations."

Photo: Courtesy of Karen Millen.