Site Selection: SEKO Logistics Invests to Keep Pace With Online Sales
SEKO Logistics is keeping pace with growth in UK retailers’ online sales by investing in a further 152,000 square-foot logistics center to support its omnichannel services for global fulfilment, delivery management, returns solutions, and ecommerce development and design.
The new location in Milton Keynes follows the opening of a similar size logistics center in Northampton last year and the launch last October of a dedicated omni-channel facility in Cranbury, New Jersey, for British retail brands starting out in the US market.
In the coming weeks, SEKO Logistics will also open a new center at Heathrow Airport.
“Online sales generated by UK retailers from international markets are forecast to grow sevenfold to £28 billion by 2020 and already stand at £4 billion a year,” said Keith O’Brien, SEKO Logistics’ Group Managing Director. “Analysis shows that international sales growth is dramatically outpacing the domestic market and will increase from its current level of 14 percent of total online sales to 40 percent over the next six years. We’ve worked with retailers and etailers for over a decade and have focused our investment in facilities, technology, people, and services to enable them to respond to new consumer buying trends and fast track their way into the $1 trillion global ecommerce market.”
SEKO’s solutions ensure consumers experience a retail brand in exactly the same way from a marketing perspective, whether they are buying via mobile, web, retail or catalogue sales channels. Since the launch of its omnichannel division, SEKO Logistics has seen a 40 percent year-on-year increase in its retail logistics business with clients such as Marks and Spencer, APAC Sale, Lulu Guinness, and NPW.
The new Milton Keynes facility will employ up to 150 staff, and will also support the company’s latest retail offering, SEKO Store Development Services, which helps expanding retail businesses to open stores faster with greater control and cost efficiency, nd increases sales weeks per store in new markets.
“Investing in this latest facility reinforces our position as a leading provider of logistics services in the UK and it will be a flagship operation in SEKO’s global network,” said O’Brien. “It will enable us to keep pace with the opportunities we are being offered by retailers and etailers and further demonstrate the unique choice of supply chain services we deliver to leading British and global brands as well as entrepreneurial SMEs with ecommerce-based businesses.
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