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DSV and Clarks open first facility on mainland Europe

Press Release   •   Aug 06, 2018 08:37 CEST

DSV and Clarks, a leading British shoe manufacturer, are happy to announce plans for a 10,000 m2 distribution centre on Mainland Europe. DSV will be operating the facility from their existing operation in Krefeld, Germany, strategically located to Clark’s main geographic markets.

The distribution centre becomes fully operational to support customer orders from across Europe for Spring-Summer 2020 and will be serving traditional retail, wholesale as well as online channels, offering greater speed and flexibility of service to the region supporting Clarks’ growth strategy in Europe.

Brian Ejsing, CEO of DSV’s Solutions division comments: “We are very pleased that Clarks has entrusted DSV with this pivotal role in their supply chain. I’m confident our extensive omnichannel warehousing and distribution experience in the shoe and apparel industry will put Clarks in an excellent position to grow their European business”.

Ben Fletcher, President of the Europe region for Clarks explains: “This is very positive news for Clarks. Our inventory has to be geographically closer to our focus markets on the mainland if we are to compete on delivery lead times. And of course, our delivery service proposition needs to come at a price that is cost-effective for consumers. The new European distribution centre will be a key enabler to unlocking growth across our digital and wholesale channels.”

Alexia Evans, Regional Supply Chain Director for Clarks in Europe said: “Having visited the Krefeld site and spending time with the team there, we’re very excited about this partnership and confident that it will drive long-term value for Clarks. Our customers want greater choice in the shoes they buy and the channels they use to buy them, and they have come to expect their shoes as quickly as possible. Opening a distribution centre in central Europe will help us to meet this need as we compete across the European region.”

Krefeld – a gateway to European mainland distribution

Krefeld is located in Germany, in the heart of Europe, close to three major international airports and with quick motorway access to The Netherlands, Belgium and France. The site offers daily road transport departures to all European countries.

All three of DSV’s divisions operate out of the Krefeld facility, offering the full range of DSV’s transport and logistics services to support our customers’ entire supply chain. Read more at www.krefeld.de.dsv.com

Facts about DSV Krefeld

  • Office space: 9,000 m2
  • Warehouse space: 50,000 m²
  • Road terminal space: 12,000 m2
  • Ports: 65
  • Sprinkler system
  • Security System
  • ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001

About Clarks

C&J Clark Limited, owners of the Clarks brand, the privately held shoemaker, was founded in Street, Somerset in the UK by the Clark family in 1825. With its global headquarters still based in Street, Clarks has always been renowned for its craftsmanship and position as the leading shoe expert on the high street for shoppers since 1825 with an archive of more than 22,000 styles.

This archive contains shoes that have sparked a revolution, defined a generation and captured the imagination. Like the iconic Clarks Desert Boot. Designed by Nathan Clark, launched in 1950, its appeal endures to this day. There's Nature, a ground-breaking sports casual hybrid that made its debut in the late 1980s and, redefined and redesigned, has recently been reborn - and there's Trigenic Flex, the crafted innovation that's a modern classic in the making.

With a turnover of £1.5 billion, Clarks is a global business operating retail, wholesale, franchise and online channels in over 100 markets worldwide through 22,000 distribution points supported by 13,000 employees across the world. www.clarks.com

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Our reach is global, yet our presence is local and close to our customers. 45,000 employees in more than 80 countries work passionately to deliver great customer experiences and high quality services. Read more at www.dsv.com

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