Tchibo, the retailer awarded International Retailer of the Year* in the UK has moved its logistics operation to London to cater for the growth of the Tchibo UK operation.
The new UK development will lower transport costs and allow higher levels of service for the UK. The warehouse is run in conjunction with GefcoUK and will create 50 new jobs. Located in Dartford, 15 miles east of London, the space consists of 6,000m warehouse and 200m office. Operations commenced on the 18th July 2005 and the first delivery to shops was on the 25th July.
In 2005, the volume through the warehouse will be approximately 10 million sales units. It will cater for the shops and concessions business in the UK. This will grow in line with Tchibos expansion in the UK (projected at around two new shops per month).
Technology will include:
-2 packing lines with automatic weigh station and box sealer
-1 automatic box aligner
-Order picking via electronic order transmission to mobile data terminals
The Tchibo concept represents a unique challenge to distribution and logistics by virtue of the weekly theme change. Once a week, roughly 25 products are delivered to all shops that carry non-food and to each of the concessions in supermarkets across the UK. Tchibo is the only retailer in the world to change its entire product range every single week across all retail channels. Our UK logistics staff ensures a smooth and efficient delivery of the new products to the shops in time for customers to enjoy discovering what Tchibo has in store for them for the next seven days.
The owner of the building is DTZ, a global company serving investors, occupiers and developers across all sectors of the real estate market. The Group's operating businesses provide strength and depth in a broad range of markets and economies. Continued growth of its range of services and geographic reach reflects the requirements of its increasingly sophisticated global client base.
*Tchibo was named International Retailer of the Year at the Retail Week Awards on Thursday, 17 March 2005.