Originally written and published by Andy Braithwaite at opi.net
ADVEO Outsources Spanish logistics
ADVEO’s move away from its traditional wholesaling model has taken another important step after it outsourced its logistics operations in Spain.
ADVEO has signed an eight-year agreement to outsource its Spanish logistics to Madrid-based Actividades Logísticas Centralizadas (ALC) as it transforms into a European ‘platform’ for workspace solutions – in line with its 2017-2020 strategic plan. The distributor had confirmed in July that it had made about half of its 120 logistics staff redundant and that the remaining workers would be employed by a third party.
Now that third party has been revealed as ALC, which will handle ADVEO’s logistics out of a 19,000 sq m (190,000 sq ft) facility in the Tres Cantos area of Madrid. The logistics firm will manage about 16,000 SKUs and will operate in three daily shifts for 300 days a year.
ADVEO said the decision to outsource its logistics in Spain would enable it to meet new challenges in the market and to respond to different supply needs such as direct, indirect, B2B, B2C and B2B2C.
Miguel Sebares, Managing Director of ADVEO Iberia, commented: “The deal with ALC involves having a top-level partner that will help us in our strategy to create value for customers and to become a real platform, with consumers in the centre of all our decisions.”
ADVEO’s press release referred to “maximising synergies in Europe”, so it will be interesting to see whether this agreement extends into its other markets.