Toys R Us, Inc. has announced the completion of its new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France to support the company’s rapidly expanding ecommerce business throughout the country and in select sections of Europe.
The 51,000-square-meter (550,000-square-foot) facility will service retail distribution to the country’s 48 store locations and e-commerce operations throughout France, as well as expedite online order fulfillment to customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and Monaco.
Located approximately 47 kilometers (29 miles) south of Paris, the logistics campus became operationally functional in late May, and the adjacent headquarters for Toys R Us, France is scheduled to open on June 22. The Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus, inclusive of the fulfillment center and headquarters office, will employ approximately 350 full- and part-time employees at the peak of the holiday season.
“Integrating our three previous fulfillment centers in France into one central logistics hub creates greater operational efficiencies for our business, while allowing us to better serve our customers through our growing omnichannel capabilities in Europe,” said Antonio Urcelay, CEO, Toys R Us, Inc. “The Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus provides us with a single point of distribution from which to ensure the hottest toys and baby products are always available for consumers, whenever, wherever and however they choose to shop with us.”
Chosen for its strategic location near Paris, the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus features more than 20 receiving areas, nearly 60 shipping docks and services up to 80 trucks per day. The building contains a technologically advanced and environmentally friendly automated conveyor system, significantly increasing overall service and storage capacity.
As a result of these enhancements, inbound and outbound transport from the facility will be greatly streamlined. Customers throughout France will benefit from the augmented rapidity, product availability and overall quality of product preparation, whether shopping in-store or online.
Developed by IDI Gazeley (Brookfield Logistics Properties), one of the world’s leading investors and developers of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus also features office space that will serve as the company’s headquarters for France. In addition, the facility has built in additional storage space for potential future expansion.