Berlin — European e-tail giant Zalando is expanding its logistics network with two new locations near Paris and Stettin, Poland.
The Berlin-based online fashion platform, which serves about 19 million customers in 15 European markets, said a new Zalando satellite warehouse near Paris will go into operation next year. Similar to Zalando’s satellite warehouse in Stradella, Italy, which went into operation last December, the French fulfillment center aims to speed up shipments to customers in and around Paris. The Stradella facility has made it possible for Italian customers to receive their orders up to one-and-a-half days faster, Zalando said, and 60 percent of all Italian orders are currently being processed from there.
In Poland, construction is due to start on a larger fulfillment center in Gryfino, near Stettin, this month. As with Zalando’s state-of-the-art logistics centers in Mönchengladbach and Erfurt, Germany, as well as the center in Lahr, which is currently being set up, the new property will encompass about 1.4 million square feet, and employ about 1,000. To be operated by logistics service provider Fliege, the center will supply all 15 markets, but with a particular focus on customers in Poland, Germany and Scandinavia.
Zalando delivers several million packages throughout Europe monthly, according to David Schroeder, senior vice president of operations, and over the last year, gained more than three million new customers. With the new facilities, including Lahr, Zalando will soon have seven logistics centers to serve its growing customer base