July 18, traditional wreath lifted at first Zalando Lounge fulfillment center
Around 500 new jobs in Olsztyn region to be created in mid-term
The logistics center to measure 130,000 square meters
First operations to start early 2019
Olsztynek, July 18, 2018 // Zalando Lounge and Hillwood Development Company, LLC., a leading developer of logistics facilities, celebrated the roofing ceremony of its new fulfillment center in Olsztynek today. With the honourable guest Olsztynek’s City Mayor Artur Wrochna, the traditional wreath was lifted at the construction site.
The construction work of the fulfillment center started in February 2018. The development of the fulfillment center has been assigned to Hillwood, a leading company in developing and acquiring high quality commercial properties across Europe and North America. The center will be managed by an external provider who will oversee the hiring process of around 500 employees in the mid-term. The third party logistics provider will be selected through tender. The start of the facility's operation is planned for beginning of 2019.
The fulfillment center in Olsztynek will measure 130,000 sqm. Good infrastructure with direct access to the S51 and S7 expressways, and the availability of labour are some of the reasons for Zalando Lounge’s choice of this location.
“We are proud to be here as this marks an important step for us. Zalando Lounge has grown in the last years with the launch in Poland in September 2017 as the latest step in our success story. The new logistics site in Poland will enable us to increase our capacity and better serve our growing customer base across Europe. The excellent collaboration with our partner Hillwood and the local authorities’ support is key to the success of this great project,” says Martin Rost, Senior Vice President Zalando Lounge and Outlet.
“We are finishing the constructions of the outside of the main building. The logistics team will then start construction works inside the building. The set-up of the building and the intralogistics can be adapted to our own needs. It offers us more flexibility around capacity for Zalando Lounge as it can be scaled as needed. We already gained very good experiences and learnings to build upon with the existing fulfillment center in Szczecin, as well as from the Lodz site; currently still under construction,” says Sven Thiessen, Head of Logistics Zalando Lounge.
“The progress of the works proves that Hillwood is a reliable partner and that very complex industrial projects can be developed in this emerging region. The trusting relationships and professionalism of all parties involved, including Bremer company responsible for construction works. The support of local authorities has been invaluable to this successful project,” says Hubert Michalak, Managing Director Hillwood CEE.
With 15 million members in 12 European markets, Zalando Lounge is one of the most successful shopping clubs in Europe. Zalando Lounge offers exclusive access to 2,500 brands with discounts of up to 75 percent. It complements the Zalando Fashion Store with special sales campaigns for a certain period of time that are especially interesting for customers who enjoy premium brands and are also searching for good sales.
More information about logistics at Zalando is available here