A digital rendering of Zalando's logistics hub in Nogarole Rocca.

MILAN — Zalando is investing in Italy to improve its logistics in Europe.

The Berlin-based e-tailer revealed on Thursday that a new logistics center will open in Nogarole Rocca, on the outskirts of Verona, in the Veneto region.

The company will invest around 150 million euros for the center, with construction works set to kick off in the spring. The U.K.-based real estate investment trust Vailog will develop the facility.

The hub will cover approximately 130,000 square feet and be able to offer as many as 1,000 new jobs, at full capacity. The hub is expected to open in the fall of 2019, when it will employ “a low three-digit number of workers,” revealed cautiously Jan Bartels, vice president of customer fulfillment and logistics at Zalando.

The executive pointed out that “Zalando’s significant growth in Italy and within other Southern European markets is due to the incessant improvement of the service we offer,” highlighting how the center will serve the Italian market and the Southern European region.

Zalando's warehouse in Stradella, Italy.

Zalando’s warehouse in Stradella, Italy.  Courtesy Image.

While being the first logistics hub that is part of Zalando’s main network built outside of Germany and Poland, the company runs other smaller warehouses, dedicated to local markets, including one in Stradella, which opened in 2015 in the Lombardy region, as well as near Stockholm in Sweden and Paris in France.

Most recently, Zalando also revealed its foray into a new product category, expanding from apparel, footwear and handbags. In 2018, the e-tailer will start selling a range of beauty products that could include cosmetics, skin care or fragrances, and spanning various price points. The category will be launched in Germany, with other markets to follow.

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