Goodman and Log's (formerly Grimonprez Logistics) today held a ceremony to celebrate the first stone for the new 30,000 sqm logistics centre in Lauwin-Planque, in northern France.
Participants at the event at Lille-Douai Logistics Centre included Philippe Arfi, Director Goodman France; Didier Roux-Dessarps, Trade & Marketing Director, GSE Group, and Franck Grimonprez, President of Log's. The first stone was laid in the presence of Christian Poiret, CEO of the Douai Urban Community and Mayor of Lauwin-Planque.
A logistics warehouse adapted to Log's’ changing needs
The 30,000 sqm warehouse has the potential for an additional 6,000 sqm of space and will significantly increase Log's’ logistics capacity in the Douai region, as well as its business activity in northern France. The development will allow the company to meet the growing demand from the e-commerce sector, which is its core business.
Franck Grimonprez, President of Log's said: "The new facility will maximise our storage space with 12 metre loading heights and auto docks installed in each of the loading platforms. Log's is reinforcing its position as a market leader and its expertise in handling goods for retail and e- commerce channels. We particularly welcome the support of the Goodman team on this project. The speed of development, with delivery in the second quarter of 2014, was of particular importance to us and Goodman was able to meet our specific requirements."
Log's has signed its first partnership at the warehouse, comprising a six-year agreement with the household appliance brand Electro-depot. The security and layout of the property were designed to accommodate the entire range of Electro-depot products.
Philippe Arfi, Director of Goodman France, said: “The development of this new logistics warehouse, which commenced last October, will be ready in less than five months’ time. Once again, this demonstrates Goodman’s ability to rapidly respond to the needs of our customers.”
In collaboration with GSE, Goodman will deliver a new Class A warehouse that will meet the latest European standards and represents Goodman’s second development at Lille-Douai Logistics Centre in the last 15 months.
Didier Roux-Dessarps, Director Commercial & Marketing GSE Group said: "GSE is aware how Goodman and Log’s operate, and was therefore able to provide technical and cost efficient solutions that meet their requirements in a short timeframe. Log’s warehouse will be adjacent to the 90,000 sqm warehouse developed by Goodman for Amazon, which was also built by GSE.”
Two further development sites, of 30,000 sqm and 60,000 sqm respectively, are still available for the development of modern logistics space. Goodman can complete the development of the available sites within an eight month timeframe.
"We are proud to host a project of this magnitude that will enhance the attractiveness of our region for e-commerce retailers. The development confirms once again Douai’s position as a logistics hub and a leading city for job creation," concluded Christian Poiret, Mayor of Lauwin- Planque.
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