Leading global transport and logistics services provider GEODIS has established a new sorting centre in Schoten, near Antwerp, as well as a new office located within the airport of Liege. The first will facilitate the expansion of one of its largest international e-Commerce customers into the Belgian market. The second is intended to reinforce GEODIS’ e-Commerce footprint in Europe.
In Schoten, the new 6,300 sq m sorting centre will host between 100 to 150 express trucks per day. In order to process up to 20,000 parcels daily (140,000 per week) and ensure the fastest-possible delivery times, the facility will operate 24/7.
At Grâce-Hollogne, near Liege, the new GEODIS office is in the heart of the airport; the seventh-largest for air freight in Europe, renowned for its expertise in e-commerce. The strategic location of the new office, within the Amsterdam-Paris-Frankfurt golden triangle, will provide a connection between the Asian and North American continents and GEODIS’ European multimodal distribution network.
“For our customers, this means access to more than 250 million consumers in less than a day by road, also via barge connections from Liege to Antwerp, Rotterdam and on to the Rhine; as well as through air and rail connectivity with China from Zhengzhou, Yiwu and Chengdu,” said Mark van den Assem, Managing Director of GEODIS for Benelux.
“Investing in the expansion of our e-commerce logistics activities is an essential part of our growth strategy,” confirmed Thomas Kraus, GEODIS President & CEO North, East and Central Europe. “The world is seeing an unprecedented growth of e-commerce volumes, at a time of capacity constraints in the global transport market. GEODIS is underlining its ability to provide both, capacity through its own controlled network and logistics competence on the ground; this significantly strengthens our position in Belgium.”