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Harrods teams up with SSI Schaegfer for move

By: David Howells
05 March 2012

Luxury retailer Harrods has called upon SSI Schaefer to fit-out its new distribution centre in Newbury, reports.

Harrods recently announced its intentions to relocate all of its current warehousing operations to Berkshire from its current west-London site. The move is set to be complete with the opening of its 240,000 square foot distribution centre at Thatcham.

The new site, named TVDC, is set to be fully operational by mid-2012, being able to deliver to the luxury Knightsbridge store day and night thanks to its placing alongside the M4.

TVDC looks set to be able to hold some 10,000 product lines, as well as many more cross-docked SKUs.

In accordance with their partnership, SSI Schaefer may look at logistics recruitment, after being tasked with narrow aisle pallet racking, as well as installing storage, handling and picking systems.

Speaking to of the deal, deputy director of distribution at Harrods Simon Finch explained: "From the outset of this project we were looking for a turnkey supplier that could project manage the entire fit-out of the warehouse, and we found this in SSI Schaefer.

"Their expertise in systems integration, design, installation, delivery and on-going service and maintenance support proved to be a winning formula for such a relocation project of this size."

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