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FEATURE: IKEA’s MENA flat pack logistics from UAE

by ASC Staff on May 29, 2017


Abdelaziz Kadri, managing director, IKEA Distribution Services DWC.
Abdelaziz Kadri, managing director, IKEA Distribution Services DWC.

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Logistics Middle East loves statistics, so our site visit to the new IKEA Distribution Centre in Dubai South proved particularly satisfying.

This warehouse is a colossal piece of engineering, employing more than 200 people from 20 different countries, and with a capacity to handle 120,000 cubic metres in conventional racking on eight levels of storage.

The 100,000sqm of storage space is split into two sections with 134 loading docks and 180 parking spaces in the yard for containers and trucks.

The prime purpose behind the development of this new centre, at a cost of 120-million euros, was to bring IKEA closer to the local market, shortening the supply chain for its GCC stores and thereby reducing costs.

That last point is extremely important for IKEA, which manages its global supply chain with characteristically Scandinavian precision and ruthless attention to detail.

“Before the opening of this DC we were supplying the GCC stores from our centres in Italy and Germany, with delivery times of around six weeks. That has been reduced now to four to ten days, depending on the store location in the GCC,” explains Abdelaziz Kadri, managing director, IKEA Distribution Services DWC.

See the video below for a tour of the IKEA Distribution Centre in Dubai South.


 

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