Geodis wins e-commerce logistics contract with Castorama in France

GEODIS125Geodis has won a call for bids launched by the DIY retailer Castorama on home deliveries in France of website orders. The new, three-year contract further strengthens the collaborative effort in transport and logistics services started up by the two groups in 2005.

Geodis is using a new, 24,000-m2 warehouse (operational since the first week of 2013) in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in the Isère department to handle Castorama’s e-commerce business and manage the cross-docking activities required to deliver the customer’s stores in the Lyon area.

Of the warehouse’s 24,000 square metres, 8,000 are used for storing, preparing orders and coordinating transport operations for the 12,000 product references concerned by the customer’s e-commerce activity. Geodis directly handles deliveries of large, value-added goods requiring special resources. The cross-docking operations provided since 2006 by Geodis at the Corbas site in the Rhône department were transferred to the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier warehouse for the new contract, and are used to supply continuous flows to the 19 Castorama stores in the Lyon area. The new contract has led to the creation of 36 new jobs at the new platform.

To respond to the diversity of the deliveries generated by Castorama’s activities, Geodis has introduced special vehicles, including crane trucks for “heavy” equipment and vans for city centres, as well as two-person teams for special home-delivery operations.

Commenting, Jean-Paul Vignal, managing director of Geodis Logistics, said: “The trust placed in us by Castorama underscores our expertise in e-commerce logistics. Through its capacity for innovation, Geodis provides the customer with a global solution adapted to its specific needs, particularly in terms of the size and type of goods”.
Pierre Coustenoble, Director of Logistics and Multichannel at Castorama, said: “With Geodis we have found a partner able to support us in the long term and propose global and intelligent solutions grouping a diverse range of transport, logistics and distribution services”.

Geodis has also handled multimodal rail-road transport between northern France and the Lyon area for Castorama since 2011. With this expertise, it enables its customer to innovate in the sustainable management of its supply chain.

Geodis: a global logistics provider –
A global logistics provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of SNCF Group, Geodis is a European company with a worldwide scope, ranking number four in its field in Europe. The Group’s ability to coordinate all or part of the logistics chain (air and sea freight forwarding, groupage, express, contract logistics, transport of part and full truck loads, reverse logistics, supply chain coordination and optimisation) enables it to support its customers in their strategic, geographical and technological developments, providing them with solutions tailored to optimising their material and information flows. Geodis offers a range of logistics services that meet the specific needs of each sector of the economy. Across a network covering 120 countries, the Group’s 31,000 employees offer a wealth of multicultural experience, a genuine local service to their customers and outstanding flexibility. Geodis reported revenues of €6.9 billion in 2011.
Castorama, a member of the Kingfisher group, is a leading home-improvement retailer with 103 stores across France. Castorama distributes a broad range of home and garden products, each of its stores proposing an average 50,000 references and increasingly innovative solutions whose easy, intuitive and rapid set-up helps customers to improve their lifestyles. In 2011 the Group took an 18.4% share of the mass DIY retail market in France and posted revenue of €3.3 billion.

Press contacts:
Sophie Bodin
DGM Conseil
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 70 95 93

Pascale Barillot
SNCF Geodis
Communication Director
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 76 72 36

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