Million euro hub for Geodis in Dubai

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Geodis Wilson has invested one million euros in a 91,500 sq ft distribution centre in Jebel Ali South in Dubai, so it can offer a full-service contract logistics operation in the Middle East.

The new centre provides warehousing services, ambient and temperature-controlled accommodation, configurable racking up to an eaves height of 13m, inventory, labeling, barcoding, packing pouches, blisters, vendor management, as well as domestic and cross border distribution.

The hub is wi-fi enabled with RDT scanners. The facility also has mobile docking stations (comprising laptop, label and barcode printer) that can be moved to the point of cargo reception for immediate processing.

The firm already runs its own freight network, including trucking services between the various countries and a 24-hour online customs service.

Sascha Geiken, managing director for the UAE, said: “The demand for contract logistics is very high… Most companies trading via or in the Middle East need a hub solution for their business, and Dubai is undoubtedly the regional choice, with very good onward connections.”

New business at the facility includes a contract to handle IBM’s hardware and spare parts for dispatch to other points in the Gulf region.

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