Freight News, Logistics

Seko adds space as online overseas sales surge

[ July 11, 2014   //   ]

Seko Logistics has added 152,000sq ft of logistics space in Milton Keynes for its omni-channel global fulfilment services. It follows the opening of a similar size logistics centre 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. It will also shortly open a new centre, for cross-docking airfreight and seafreight, at Heathrow Airport.

Group managing director, Keith O’Brien, says: “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. Analysis shows that international sales growth is dramatically outpacing the domestic market and will increase from its current level of 14% of total online sales to 40% over the next six years.”

Since the launch of its omni-channel division, SEKO Logistics has seen a 40% 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 Seko Store Development Services, which helps expanding retail businesses to open stores faster with greater control and cost efficiency, and increases sales weeks per store in new markets.

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