Bleckmann has opened a new fulfilment centre at Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds, the company’s fifth distribution centre in the UK. The sustainable new facility, with a clear height of 12m, offers a floor capacity of 104,986ft2 with further potential to expand.
Bleckmann is an expert in supply chain management solutions for fashion, lifestyle and consumer electronics brands. For a few years now, the company has been expanding its UK-based operations to support the growth ambitions of its clients.
The opening of the new fulfilment centre in Suffolk Park, in the East of England, was the logical step that will allow Bleckmann to run end-to-end operations for new (international) clients within their B2B and B2C channels in the UK, the continental Europe and beyond. The first outbound operations will go live in the first week of May.
“Bury St Edmunds is a great new location for our fast-growing Bleckmann UK organisation,” enthused Reinardt van Oel, Chief Operation Officer Belgium & United Kingdom at Bleckmann. “We are thrilled that this brand new fulfilment centre also contributes to the sustainable vision of Bleckmann. Within a few weeks, our fifth DC in the UK is ready to service 24/7 its first client.”
The building has 20 dock doors and will be equipped with modern automation solutions.
The new fulfilment facility is totally in line with the commitment of Bleckmann to run its business sustainably and responsibly. The roof’s solar panels supply green electricity to the site, with free electric vehicle charging. Additionally, 400 trees and 650 shrubs have been planted around the area.
The opening of this facility will allow Bleckmann to create up to 200 jobs once fully operational. As the number of clients and operations increases, we expect this number to grow.
The new warehouse building is located within one hour of Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port. The direct links straight on the A14 that runs from Felixstowe to the Midlands ensure optimal central UK road connection.
“With timing being of the essence in this project, it was fantastic that both The Weerts Group and Bleckmann partnered-up in this project to ensure it all was achieved and delivered on time to support the ongoing growth of UK footprint,” added Mark van Onna, Director, Real Estate by Bleckmann.
“The 262,467ft2 logistics warehouse park in Bury St Edmunds was the first development of Weerts Logistics Parks (WLP) in the UK. We are excited to team up with Bleckmann for this project, especially since we see a lot of growth potential in the relation across Europe.”