XPO Logistics has announced that it will manage the first outsourced logistics warehouse for INTERSPORT, a sporting goods retail network in Europe. The warehouse will serve 600 retail outlets in France and Belgium, and is expected to handle 8m items annually from 122 suppliers within 24 months of opening. The five-year contract will initiate in January 2017.
Located adjacent to INTERSPORT’s warehouse in Saint-Vulbas (Ain), France, the new facility will allow INTERSPORT to centralize the flow of goods and increase its storage capacity in line with growth. Both warehouses will utilize Reflex software combined with a transportation management system to integrate the managed flow of goods. Furthermore, the proximity of the two warehouses will optimize transportation capacity.
XPO has designed a logistics solution to meet the requirements of INTERSPORT franchisees. The company will package products of all sizes and volumes, and will prepare single-item deliveries as a customer service for retail outlets. The XPO facility in Lyon, France, which already handles sports products, will help manage peaks in activity and the seasonality of product lines.
Malcolm Wilson, Managing Director – Supply Chain for XPO Logistics Europe, commented, “We’re proud that INTERSPORT and its franchisees have entrusted us with critical services that will help ensure their future success. INTERSPORT is entering a new phase in its development, and our teams are enthusiastic about contributing to the growth of this exciting retailer.”
Denis Deumier, Supply Chain Director for INTERSPORT, said, “We selected XPO Logistics because XPO has the capacity to provide a reliable supply chain solution that meets our current needs, as well as the flexibility and scalability to support our long-term growth plans.”