Arvato Supply Chain Solutions has opened a new logistics center in Parla, around 20 kilometers south of Madrid. At the 25,000-square-meter facility, the internationally active supply chain and e-commerce service provider is now handling all logistics and fulfillment for the online business of a major company in the fashion industry.
“The new business at the Parla site confirms our strategy of growing with a focus on e-commerce and end-customer-oriented industries,” says Emilio Juaranz, Managing Director of Arvato Supply Chain Solutions in Spain. “In this regard, Spain is a market with great potential in which we intend to further engage in the future.” At the same time, Spain is an important part of Arvato’s international network. For example, in addition to Parla, the company already operates two other locations in Alcalá de Henares with a total of around 28,000 square meters of warehouse space. Emilio Juaranz: “Arvato’s general goal is to further expand its global network of locations in order to offer customers scalable infrastructures and a high degree of flexibility. We can thus support them in growing in their focus markets and give them rapid access to new markets.” To this end, investments have also been made in the network in 2021 – several projects with a logistics footprint of more than 250,000 square meters are currently being implemented worldwide.
The distribution center in Parla is also part of this strategy. Montepino Logística, one of the leading developers and asset managers of logistics real estate in Spain refurbished the new building. The modern building has a height of eleven meters and is equipped with 25 loading ramps for efficient incoming and outgoing goods. With its location in the Madrid metropolitan area, proximity to the main transport hubs and access to the A-42 freeway linking Madrid to Toledo, the site meets all the requirements for the rapid distribution of orders demanded by the booming online retail sector.
“In the new logistics center, we will employ an annual average of around 600 new employees, who will ensure 24/7 operations in three shifts,” says Emilio Juaranz, underlining the importance of the site for the region. “This number can increase to as many as 1,000 employees during peak seasons with particularly high shipping volumes.” To ensure well-being during breaks, the developer has equipped the property with a covered lounge area for employees, which is connected to a large outdoor terrace.
In terms of sustainability, the distribution center also sets standards. It was refurbished by Montepino Logística to the highest quality, sustainability and efficiency standards and is set to be certified to the Gold Standard of the LEED (“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”) classification system awarded by the US Green Building Council for sustainable buildings.