The Port of Gothenburg is an ideal location to meet the logistics requirements of major import customers. That was the reason why interior design and furniture company Chilli AB has decided to move into the DB Schenker Logistics warehouse at Arendal.
"Thomas Moell, one of three partners at Chilli, said: "We want to be able to devote our energy to our products and sales and allow DB Schenker to handle the logistics flow on our behalf."
Chilli is a family-owned retailing chain with 22 stores throughout the country and a webshop where customers can order online. They are in the process of vacating their old warehouse in Kallebäck and at the turn of the year they will move into DB Schenker's ultramodern, environmentally adapted building at the Port of Gothenburg. The building is constructed in accordance with Green Building regulations, where energy use is reduced by at least 25 per cent compared with Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning regulations.
Mattias Moell, who owns the company together with his brother Thomas and his father Jack, said: "We are entering a new phase of expansion and due to increased growth we need to move."
location of the port and proximity to other infrastructure means that overall
the volume of transport-related work will decrease for Chilli.
Moell continued: "We chose DB Schenker Logistics because they offered a
rapid solution at the new warehouse at Skandiahamnen. The location itself is
also a crucial factor as a large proportion of our range is shipped from the
Victoria Jönsson Öberg, Business Development Manager at DB Schenker Logistics, said: "It is extremely pleasing that a family-owned company that has always had its own warehouse has chosen us as a partner. It is particularly gratifying as we have also been given the responsibility of handling distribution from the central warehouse."
The agreement with Chilli will run for five years and around 10 people will be employed. The total floor space will be approximately 7,000 square metres.
Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive, said: "We are pleased that Chilli is locating its warehouse at the Port of Gothenburg. There is a growing demand for storage and logistics services directly adjacent to the port and DB Schenker's modern storage and distribution building will reinforce the Port of Gothenburg's total offer."
DB Schenker leases a 24,000 square metre warehousing facility from Gothenburg Port Authority. The property is located at Arendal, immediately beside the port, and was completed at the end of 2013. The Port of Gothenburg has invested SEK 150 million in this state-of-the-art storage and distribution centre.
"We have focused even more closely on developing new land for logistics purposes close to the port. There is already potential for more business enterprises to establish operations and in the years to come several new logistics zones will be completed," Magnus Kårestedt concluded.
Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region with 11,000 visits by vessels each year. 30 per cent of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as 60 per cent of all container traffic.
The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world's largest container vessels and has the broadest range of shipping routes within and outside Europe. The 25 rail shuttles that depart each day mean that companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, environmentally smart link to the largest port in the Nordic region. The Port of Gothenburg has terminals for oil, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.