Zalando Selects Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services to Operate Dutch Fulfillment Center

  • Zalando selects Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services to own operations of Zalando’s fulfillment center in Bleiswijk, near Rotterdam
  • Ingram Micro expects to create about 1,500 jobs in the mid-term 
  • 140,000 square meter facility provides highest level of automation within Zalando's fulfillment network
  • First parcels from Bleiswijk planned to be sent in the fourth quarter of 2021 

 

BLEISWIJK, JUNE 8, 2021 // Zalando, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle, announces Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services, a leading provider of supply chain solutions and e-commerce logistics, will operate the Zalando fulfillment center in Bleiswijk near Rotterdam. Through its operation of the site, Ingram Micro expects to create around 1,500 jobs in the mid-term. The fulfillment center has a footprint of 140,000 square meters, making it the largest site in Zalando’s European logistics network. The first parcels are expected to be fulfilled from Bleiswijk in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

 

Zalando started the construction of its first Dutch fulfillment center in 2019. The new distribution facility will have the highest level of automation within the Zalando logistics network, such as goods-to-person shuttle technology. The fulfillment center will further enhance Zalando’s convenience offering and unlock future growth for the company in Western Europe, providing fast shipping to Zalando customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the UK. Once the fulfillment center operates at full capacity, Zalando expects a reduction in delivery times of more than one day in the Benelux markets. 

 

Jan Bartels, Senior Vice President Customer Fulfillment says, “We are excited to expand our logistics footprint with a state-of-the-art fulfillment center in the Netherlands. Our Benelux customers will benefit from reduced delivery times and new services like next- and same-day delivery and with our trusted partner Ingram Micro, we believe we’ll achieve that. We are looking forward to Ingram Micro setting up a strong local team, and together, we will enhance the customer experience in Western Europe.”

“Ingram Micro is proud to extend its relationship with Zalando and to be selected to manage operations at their newest and largest logistics site. Our global warehouse network and broad range of services include extensive e-commerce fulfillment experience in the Netherlands,” says Jack Heijkans, Vice President of Commerce, Ingram Micro. “Our team offers significant local expertise and capabilities in the field of technology and automation, and our highly skilled operators will meet and exceed the expectations of Zalando and its customers, as we have in our other operations for Zalando.”


The site in Bleiswijk has been developed by a joint venture of Somerset Capital Partners and USAA Realco-Europe. For the construction of the fulfillment center, Zalando has invested in sustainable solutions and installed solar panels on the roof of the building. Within this context, the site also qualifies for the BREEAM “Very Good” sustainability certification.


Zalando has chosen Bleiswijk because of its location, the opportunity to invest into an existing business park with a well-developed infrastructure, and good collaboration with local authorities of the municipality of Lansingerland. The proximity to the A12 highway and being in the heart of the densely populated Randstad region fit Zalando’s ambition to be closer to its customers.

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About Zalando

Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle. Founded in Berlin in 2008, we bring head-to-toe fashion to around 45 million active customers in 23 markets, offering clothing, footwear, accessories, and beauty. The assortment of international brands ranges from world famous names to local labels. Our platform is a one-stop fashion destination for inspiration, innovation, and interaction. As Europe’s most fashionable tech company, we work hard to find digital solutions for every aspect of the fashion journey: for our customers, partners and every valuable player in the Zalando story. Our vision is to be the Starting Point for Fashion and a sustainable platform with a net-positive impact for people and the planet.

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