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Ikea strengthens distribution network

BY Marianne Wilson

Home furnishings retailer Ikea is adding to its fulfillment capabilities.

The company announced it has leased additional warehouse space to serve as a customer fulfillment center. The 975,000-sq.-ft. leased facility is part of Matrix Global Logistics Park in Staten Island and will be operational in late 2018.

The new center will complement Ikea’s network of seven regional distribution centers, which are currently supporting its 47 U.S. stores. It will focus on delivering items to customers who order products online or purchase larger items at an IKEA store. The site will be operated by CIVA Logistics, which is currently working with Ikea at customer distribution centers in the United Kingdom.

“As we expand across the country and grow our online presence, we want to ensure we have sufficient warehouse capacity to support the efficient and timely delivery and shipment of products to our customers,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “Our goal is to increase accessibility to Ikea products, and a new fulfillment center in Staten Island will help us meet the home furnishing needs of our customers in the New York metropolitan area.”

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