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GEODIS strengthens its capacity in East Africa by opening a new office in Uganda

GEODIS has opened a new office in Kampala, Uganda early last month. This new office represents an expansion in the Group’s worldwide network and will initially concentrate on catering for the surge in industrial projects currently taking place in the East Africa region.

The Uganda-based office will extend GEODIS – Industrial Projects’ footprint in Africa for both current and new key global clients. The new presence also provides a mechanism through which to tender for parts of a large-scale oil & gas project in the Lake Albert area, as well as managing the transport of supplies for the associated infrastructure development.

“Aside from oil & gas, the region demonstrates potential across a variety of industrial sectors including, power, renewable energy and transport infrastructure,” says Philip Somers, Senior Vice President Industrial Projects for GEODIS. “We will expand as we grow our share of participation in the various projects in the region. This has been a proven model for us in other parts of Africa, where some of our offices have grown to over 300 people. As a growth partner for our clients, we are committed to supporting them in their development. We look forward to serving both existing and new clients in Uganda – as well as in Kenya and Tanzania – in the years to come.”

Demographically, Africa is one of the fastest growing areas in the world, with a population that is expected to rise from approximately 1.2 billion in 2010 to 2.5 billion by 2050[1]. Uganda’s GDP is projected to increase by almost 6% in 2018[2]. This expansion translates into much potential activity in the field of logistics. Both Kenya and Tanzania provide vital transit corridors to Lake Albert in landlocked Uganda and are also ripe for expansion as they plan extensive development projects for their own Infrastructure, power supply and renewable energy provision.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales

[1] Source: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017).

[2] Source: African Development Bank Group: African Economic Outlook 2018

 

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Train to Hire : GEODIS invests in basic training for its “Hazardous Materials” Drivers

At both its Lillebonne and Villers-Saint-Paul sites in France, all of which are dedicated to the chemical sector, GEODIS is offering integrated training to180419 Âbrunoclergue_BC09972 22 job seekers. The training is offered in partnership with Pôle Emploi [the French national employment agency], the training organization AFTRAL, and the French Driving School (ECF). As part of the bargain, trainees will receive “hazardous materials” driver positions on permanent contract.

Since last February, GEODIS’ Lillebonne site has been supporting ten job seekers through a customized career development course, in preparation for their recruitment in May as “chemical-gas” drivers on permanent work contracts.

Meanwhile, each will have benefited from an integrated training given by the ECF, which will include: the heavy vehicle license CE (authorizing, in France, the driving of vehicles whose materials or merchandise exceed 7.5 tons); FIMO (Obligatory minimum basic training) skills training; and ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) authorization. The skill development of future drivers will be provided by GEODIS, which will get its new hires the “super heavy” CE license and train them for several weeks, in teams of two, on the specific processes of its clients.

“As the transport sector in France faces serious challenges in recruitment and driver retention, employee skills and the stability of our teams are more than ever the key elements of our quality of service,” explains Olivier Royer, GEODIS’ Executive Vice President Road Transport. “This is especially true in the areas of chemical and gas, which demand a high level of technical sophistication and unfailing safety.”

A similar project is underway at the Villers-Saint-Paul site, which also specializes in the transport of chemical and gas products. It involves twelve job seekers, holding only a C license at the start, who will undergo 280 hours of training (FIMO, ADR, CE license) conducted by AFTRAL, in order to be hired on permanent contract.

With these measures, GEODIS, as a leading employer in France, reinforces its commitment to training and development. Following Lillebonne and Villers-Saint-Paul, similar train-to-hire campaigns are already being planned for other GEODIS chemical sites.

This project is co-financed by GEODIS and OPCA Transports, an agency that finances professional training in the transport sector. It benefited from the support of Pôle Emploi in the preselection of candidates and the payment of compensation during their training.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s historical success has led to wide-spread recognition including being ranked #7 worldwide and #4 in Europe.

Currently GEODIS has over 40,500 employees, a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries. GEODIS’ parent company, SNCF Logistics, is a division of the SNCF group (the French National Railway Corporation).  In 2017, GEODIS reached €8.1 billion in sales and continues to position itself for global growth.

 

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Raziel Baker is new Vice President, US Sales for GEODIS’ Freight Forwarding activities in the US

Raziel Baker, VP, US Sales

GEODIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Raziel Baker as the new Vice President, US Sales for the Freight Forwarding Line of Business of GEODIS in US. Based in Los Angeles, California, she will lead the business development for both new and existing clients.

Raziel has more than 20 years of commercial and operational management experience in the logistics industry, most recently as Vice President, Business Support and Solutions, Americas, for GEODIS. She joined GEODIS in 2016 in connection with the acquisition of former OHL, where she had served as vice president in various functions for six years. As Vice President Business Support and Solutions, Americas, she helped manage the integration and merger process for GEODIS. Prior to OHL, she held various management and executive positions at leading transport and logistics companies.

Patrick Moebel, regional Vice President for GEODIS Americas, said: “Raziel’s wealth of experience in the logistics market is an important asset for us as we continue to expand the scope and reach of our service offering to US customers. Her operational expertise and ability to lead diverse teams positions her well to execute our growth strategy.”

In her new role, Raziel will assume responsibility for business development, pricing and solutions, sales support, and US performance management and reporting. In addition, she will be in charge of the total US business development budget, including key account management, CSA [Customer Service Account] and strategic sales reporting to other sales leaders in the US organization. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, Raziel reports to the US Headquarters and competency center in Philadelphia, PA.

Raziel holds a double major undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Hospitality Management and completed a Master in Business Administration with a focus on International Logistics and Marketing. She also has a Global Logistics Specialist Professional Certification.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, leading global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints, undisputed leader in France, ranking #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s historical success has led to wide-spread recognition including being ranked as a “Leader” in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for 3PLs Worldwide”. Currently GEODIS has over 40,500 employees, a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries. In 2017, GEODIS generated €8.1 billion in sales, and continues to position itself for global growth.

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WAREHOUSE INVENTORY USING DRONES: GEODIS and DELTA DRONE have entered the industrialization production phase of their completely automated solution

After almost two years of development, the completely automatic warehouse inventory solution using drones, perfected by GEODIS and DELTA DRONE, will be Drone d'inventaire - GEODIS DELTADRONE @HerveBoutet (8)operational at the end of 2018.

More than 1,000 flight hours in prototype mode across three pilot warehouses were required to arrive at this unique solution, which allows companies to perform completely automatic warehouse inventories without interrupting their usual operations or requiring any human intervention. The main advantages of this solution are the productivity gains generated by performing the inventories outside warehouse operating hours, greater safety at work for the site’s employees, who no longer have to carry out this tedious and sometimes risky task and a greater reliability of the inventory.

In the prototyping phase, multiple tests were carried out in real operating conditions in order to meet the specific constraints of warehouses, such as low light or the impact that the plastic film covering pallets has on image capturing, which required special adaptations to the cameras embedded in the drones.

This phase ended in 2017 with the development of a complete “plug and play” solution that can be easily moved from one warehouse to another without requiring that any prior changes be made to the warehouse. This solution also adapts to all types of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).

Based on these extremely positive results, GEODIS and DELTA DRONE are now working on producing a system that can be manufactured, focusing their attention on the solution’s design and the final choice of the best components. The aim is to move to the industrial production stage at the end of the year. Initially, GEODIS will be the exclusive user of this solution in its own warehouses.

The solution designed by the GEODIS and DELTA DRONE engineering teams is unique. It combines a ground-based robot equipped with a battery that provides the energy needed to navigate a warehouse and allows freedom from autonomy constraints, and a quadcopter drone equipped with four high-definition cameras. This set, equipped with indoor geolocation technology, operates autonomously during the hours the site is closed. From an IT point of view, the solution enables the counting and reporting of data in real time, the processing of data, and its restitution in the warehouse’s information system. The tests conducted during this initial development phase show that the solution enables inventory to be managed reliably with rates close to 100%.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, leading global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints, undisputed leader in France, ranking #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s historical success has led to wide-spread recognition including being ranked as a “Leader” in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for 3PLs Worldwide”.

Currently GEODIS has over 40,500 employees, a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries. In 2017, GEODIS generated €8.1 billion in sales, and continues to position itself for global growth.

 

 

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GEODIS improves the digital experience of its Customers with a new Online Shipment Management Portal

GEODIS’ Distribution & Express Line of Business has launched a new online portal to assist its 60,000 customers with their shipment management. The new version of the portal, which has been fully operational for some weeks now, has been completely upgraded with maximum security measures put in place.

Since January, GEODIS’ 60,000 Distribution & Express customers have had access to a new, exclusively redesigned shipment management portal. More up-to-date, more intuitive and completely secure, this new website helps customers better manage their operations.

The portal has been designed for ease of use and to give comprehensive access to information from order preparation, access to invoices, to temperature and CO2 emissions monitoring, regulated goods management (hazardous materials or wines & spirits), tracking of shipments and proof of delivery reception (signature and image).

Security for the site, which on average has over 77,000 customer accounts, with two million individual sessions and 15,000 active users each day, has also been upgraded to satisfy the increasingly stringent demands of customers. GEODIS’ aim in undertaking this major overhaul is to bring the portal into compliance with the highest web security standards.

Our constant aim is to provide our customers with reliable, secure IT solutions ensuring better visibility and responsiveness,” explains Olivier Mélot, Executive Vice President for Distribution & Express at GEODIS.

The new customer portal also boasts many upgraded features including enhanced management for pickup requests; more efficient shipment tracking; customized screens and improved order integration. These improvements make the new site the cornerstone of the GEODIS’ customers journey, and a major contributor to an enhanced GEODIS customer experience.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, leading global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints, undisputed leader in France, ranking #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s historical success has led to wide-spread recognition including being ranked as a “Leader” in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for 3PLs Worldwide”.

Currently GEODIS has over 40,500 employees, a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries. GEODIS’ parent company, SNCF Logistics, is a division of the SNCF group (the French National Railway Corporation).  In 2017, GEODIS generated €8.1 billion in sales, and continues to position itself for global growth.

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Ursula Breull is new National Sales Manager for GEODIS Freight Forwarding Denmark

Ursula Breull, National Sales Manager, GEODIS FF Denmark edit 2GEODIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Ursula Breull as new National Sales Manager for GEODIS Freight Forwarding Denmark. Based in Kastrup , Copenhagen, she will lead the national business development activities and teams, with the goal of effectively driving business development performance forward to meet high growth targets.

After a first cooperation with GEODIS from 2006 to 2010, Ursula Breull joined the company in 2015. Ursula has played an important part in her positions in driving key strategies for business development in the organization. Prior to joining GEODIS, she held positions at leading transport and logistics companies.

Ursula comments: “As National Sales Manager with more than 20 years of experience in logistics and development of strategic and global accounts, I will lead the sales department with passion and determination to achieve the ambitious goals of GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Denmark. Working for GEODIS gives me the best platform to foster innovative and long-lasting partnerships based on trust, and to help our clients overcome logistical constraints.”

Gitte Hjortflod, Managing Director, welcomes the appointment: “Ursula, with her many years in the freight forwarding business and her educational background in the same, has contributed significantly to the company’s success in winning top-targeted strategic customers. I am happy that we are able to fill this new position with one of the most experienced professionals in our own team.”

URSULA BREULL NY SALGSCHEF FOR GEODIS FREIGHT FORWARDING DANMARK

Vi i GEODIS er glade for at kunne præsentere Ursula Breull som ny salgschef hos GEODIS Freight Forwarding Danmark. Med base i Kastrup, København, vil hun stå i spidsen for salgsorganisationen og dens aktiviteter, for effektivt at styrke forretningsudviklingen og
indfri vores høje vækstmål.

Ursula har arbejdet for GEODIS i 2006 til 2010 og igen fra 2015. Hun kommer med erfaring fra ledende virksomheder på det internationale logistikmarked, og hun har allerede spillet en vigtig rolle for GEODIS’ strategiske forretningsudvikling.

”Med mere end 20 års erfaring inden for logistik med udvikling af strategiske og globale kunder, vil jeg med stor passion lede salgsorganisationen mod indfrielse af de ambitiøse mål, man har sat hos GEODIS Freight Forwarding Danmark”, fortæller Ursula og fortsætter: ”At arbejde for GEODIS giver mig de bedste muligheder for at danne tillidsbaserede, langvarige og innovative partnerskaber og derigennem bistå vores kunder med at overvinde logistiske udfordringer.”

Administrerende direktør Gitte Hjortflod hilser forfremmelsen velkommen: ”Ursula har med sine mange års erfaring og sin uddannelsesmæssige baggrund bidraget betydeligt til den succes, vi har hos vores kunder. Det glæder mig, at vi nu skal se en af vores mest erfarne professionelle på posten”.

 

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, leading global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints, undisputed leader in France, ranking #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s historical success has led to wide-spread recognition including being ranked as a “Leader” in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for 3PLs Worldwide”.

Currently GEODIS has over 40,500 employees, a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries. GEODIS’ parent company, SNCF Logistics, is a division of the SNCF group (the French National Railway Corporation).  In 2017, GEODIS generated €8.1 billion in sales, and continues to position itself for global growth.

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GEODIS recognized for its actions to mitigate climate impact

CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) awarded GEODIS a “B” rating for 2017, and for the second year in a row This result recognizes GEODIS as a company that implements relevant actions to effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, reflecting outstanding environmental management. Only 12% of the companies assessed by CDP in the world achieved an equivalent rating or higher.

“This score demonstrates that GEODIS places climate and carbon issues at the focal point of its business strategy. As a partner to its customers, our Group foster the implementation of more environmentally-friendly solutions by recommending, every time it is possible, the use of modal shift and alternative energies” says Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and its commitment to control and reduce the impact of its operations on the environment, GEODIS has responded to the CDP Supply Chain Program questionnaire each year since 2014. CDP is an international non-profit organization that manages the largest environmental disclosure system for companies and cities. Through respondents’ self-reported declarations, it evaluates measures undertaken, such as reporting processes or greenhouse gas emissions reductions programs in the supply chain.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, leading global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints, undisputed leader in France, ranking #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s historical success has led to wide-spread recognition including being ranked as a “Leader” in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for 3PLs Worldwide”.

Currently GEODIS has over 40,500 employees, a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries. GEODIS’ parent company, SNCF Logistics, is a division of the SNCF group (the French National Railway Corporation).  In 2017, GEODIS generated €8.1 billion in sales, and continues to position itself for global growth.

 

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GEODIS pilot project for robotic picking doubles productivity in its Indianapolis warehouse

MARCH 06, 2018

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GEODIS improves efficiency and accuracy for online women’s apparel retailer while addressing labor market concerns.

To address the record-low unemployment rate (~3%) and the strain on labor during peak seasons, GEODIS and a major online women’s apparel client partnered to pilot collaborative each-picking using 30 autonomous mobile robots from Locus Robotics in a 139,000 square foot (13,000 sqm) warehouse in Indianapolis. The location handles over 30,000 SKUs and uses a manual picking process that is complex and leaves little margin for error.

The results have been staggering. Now, 80% of the units are picked to the robots daily. Employee productivity has doubled and there was at least 50% reduction in time to train new employees. GEODIS looks to expand the partnership with Locus Robotics in more warehouses with their retail and ecommerce customers.

“Our mission is to help our clients succeed by overcoming their logistical constraints and we are committed to innovative solutions for our customers to address industry-wide challenges” says Marie-Christine Lombard, GEODIS Chief Executive Officer. “The labor market is tight, especially during peak seasons, and we want to enable our team to better execute for our customers. And in this case, the technological support of robots effectively solved the challenge.”

The success of the pilot started with simplifying GEODIS employee training. Rather than spending hours in the classroom, team members were instructed on how to pick to the robots on the warehouse floor, completing the training within a matter of minutes. The messaging on the robots is displayed in their preferred languages allowing for faster absorption of training and a decrease in picking errors. Picking units to the robots also reduced physical demand by eliminating the need to pull pick carts and decreasing overall travel.

“We are very proud to welcome GEODIS as a customer” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “Our robots enhance more than worker productivity; they improve worker job satisfaction by removing some of the more physically demanding aspects of the picking process. We look forward to continuing to help the GEODIS team drive operating efficiencies.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World.  GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ reach includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers’ Supply Chain by providing end to end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and systems. In 2016, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.

Locus Robotics – www.locusrobotics.com

Locus Robotics transforms e-commerce fulfillment operations with innovative autonomous mobile robotics technology that significantly improves worker productivity and operational efficiency, while lowering operating expense. Locus’ award-winning solution was purpose-built with one thing in mind: to improve warehouse productivity. LocusBots work collaboratively with warehouse workers to drive greater throughput, reduced costs and unparalleled flexibility in moving inventory and orders through a fulfillment center, even during peak periods.

 

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GEODIS Sets Holiday Record with 2.3 Million Orders Fulfilled in the U.S.

2.3 million orders shipped from Black Friday through Cyber Monday is a 14 percent increase from 2016 orders

Further reinforcing the growth of online retail, global supply chain operator GEODIS announces that the critical four-day Thanksgiving shopping holiday was a record-breaker for the company’s U.S. operations. The company recorded a 14 percent year-over-year increase in ecommerce orders across its 44M square feet of warehousing space from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. This increase came from growth in orders of both new and existing customers.

“This kind of record-breaking performance requires the synchronized and collaborative efforts of GEODIS’ warehouse operations and technology support teams,” said Mike Honious, Chief Operating Officer for the Contract Logistics line of business in the U.S. “Every department plays an important role, so staying present and engaged is key. Next, we focus on communicate, communicate and communicate to ensure we are meeting our customers’ needs.”

The American National Retail Federation (NRF) projected that retail sales will grow 4 percent over 2016 during the November and December shopping season in 2017. It projects 76 percent of all shoppers will be shopping online this holiday season.

While GEODIS serves many industries in the U.S, this time of year has a retail focus with many retailers doing 30 percent of their annual sales over the 6-week holiday period.

“Late November and December is all about retail,” added Honious. “Thanks to the dedication of our employees, we have been capable of supporting a peak order volume ten times our average daily volume.”

GEODIS hires roughly 5,000 seasonal employees during this peak season in the U.S. to ensure that customers’ demands are met.  GEODIS is known for meeting delivery demands during peak season. The Gartner Group, a renowned research organization in the supply chain, ranked GEODIS as “one of the top companies that has the agility and ability to adapt to customer needs.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a logistics provider ranked amongst the largest companies in its sector in Europe and throughout the world. GEODIS belongs to the SNCF Logistics arm of the SNCF group and is the fourth-largest logistics provider in Europe and the seventh-largest in the world. In 2016, GEODIS was also classified by Gartner as a ‘Leader’ in its ‘Magic Quadrant’ of global 3PL providers.  The international reach of GEODIS relies on its direct presence in 67 countries and a global network that connects more than 120 countries. With its five specialist areas of focus (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express Couriering and Road Transport), GEODIS takes charge of its customers’ supply chain and provides them with complete solutions by drawing upon more than 39,500 employees, its facilities, it processes and its IT systems. In 2016 GEODIS achieved a turnover of 8 billion Euros.

 

 

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GEODIS opens a new Parisian Distribution Centre serving the City of tomorrow

GEODIS has opened a new site in the 12th arrondissement of the French capital. After two years of construction, the new 15,000 m2 depot symbolizes the Group’s determination to strengthen and develop its position in the Paris region. The new facility also underscores GEODIS’ commitment to a cleaner urban distribution, achieved notably by developing the use of logistics bases located in different parts of the capital and using a fleet of electric vehicles.

After two years of preparation, GEODIS has opened its Paris-Bercy depot located several meters from the old site, in the 12th arrondissement near Porte de Charenton. GEODIS has invested in this new, more modern facility to have a distribution tool that is better adapted to the environmental expectations of the Paris city community.

Several objectives have inspired the project since its inception in 2011; responding to the customers’ growing demand with the resulting increase in volumes, modernizing an ageing site, and improving working conditions for employees. The aim was also to develop a new environment-friendly distribution model in the capital. GEODIS’ Paris operation relies on distribution bases, referred to as “blue-bases”, each one measuring 1,000 m2 and located in the city centre of Paris. These bases serve as distribution relay points from which clean vehicles adapted to last-mile logistics carry out local deliveries. Two blue-bases – Boulevard Ney in the 18th arrondissement and Bercy in the 12th – are already up and running. Three more – Forum des Halles in the 1st, Invalides in the 7th and Porte de Versailles in the 15th – will complete the strategy over the coming months.

Our new site is both one of a kind and doubly strategic,” says Olivier Melot, Executive Vice President, Distribution & Express, GEODIS. “One of a kind, because taking a clean slate and an empty warehouse, we have designed and implemented an unprecedented network, based on a blue-base system, which is located as close as possible to our Parisian customers. Strategic, because the new development strengthens our position to serve central Paris and validates our urban delivery solution, which will be that demanded by the cities of tomorrow. What’s more, we will be introducing 30 additional electric vehicles in the coming weeks.”

The new 15,000 m2 Parisian site also features two new sorting lines, an overhead line capable of sorting 2,500 parcels an hour and a ground line used for pallets, operating at a rate of 200 pallets an hour. With this new technical equipment, the depot is capable of initiating 3,000 deliveries a day, or 8,400 parcels.

In the long term, to continue boosting service quality, particularly with regards to recipient-customers, this system will be completed by new, environmentally respectful services, such as on-foot deliveries from blue bases, the implementation of a series of pick-up locations, and evening deliveries across the city.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World.  GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ reach includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers’ Supply Chain by providing end to end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and systems. In 2016, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.

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