A supplier of accessories for iPods has chosen Geodis Calberson to provide warehousing and logistics services.
Disruptive Ltd, owner of the Gear 4 brand, sources and supplies small high value items such as speakers, Bluetooth devices, headphones, radios and docking stations from the Far East which are delivered loose loaded.
These items were originally stored and distributed from Gear 4’s own premises, but the rapid growth in demand for these products meant that capacity had become outgrown and an alternative solution was required.
Geodis Calberson was able to provide racked space within its 110,000 sq ft European distribution hub in the south-east on a ‘pay per use’ basis, meaning no fixed overhead and allowing for peaks of activity based on seasonal demand.
This highly secure facility has CCTV, manned security around the clock and vehicles and staff are subject to searches, providing peace of mind to Gear 4 about the safety of goods held there. Geodis also provides full management reporting through its warehouse management system which interfaces directly with Gear 4’s own system.
As part of the arrangement, Geodis is responsible for picking, packing and palletising loads to be transported to around 1,000 retail outlets nationwide – full and part loads are carried by Geodis’ own fleet, pallets are usually transported by Fortec Pallet, Geodis’ dedicated pallet distribution network, while Geodis also manages parcels suppliers on behalf of Gear 4 for smaller shipments.