CTP delivered the first foreign distribution centre of LPP Logistics in Romania, less than one year after the start of construction. Located in CTPark Bucharest West, the largest industrial park in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the 65,000 sqm warehouse will strengthen LPP’s distribution network in Southern Europe.
The construction of the new distribution centre by CTP’s in-house construction team began in January 2023, before the LPP team commenced the stocking of the facility and the first start-up logistics operations at the beginning of December.
“Our partnership with LPP illustrates CTP’s capabilities to host regional distribution centres in our major parks such as CTPark Bucharest West and swiftly adapt to our client’s specific needs. Our team’s expertise ensures a thorough analysis and precise implementation of technical details, guaranteeing an exceptional result delivered. This includes constructing a building that aligns with the latest and highest sustainability standards in less than one year”, says Andrei Bentea, Senior Business Developer at CTP Romania.
The designed automation solutions will enable LPP Logistics to operate 450 stores at the same time and ship up to 6 million pieces of assortment per week to the Romanian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian or Greek markets.
“The location of the distribution centre in Southern Europe was determined by the so-called centre of gravity about the distance of the Group’s network of stationery stores. At the end of the fourth quarter of the financial year 2023/24, the portfolio of LPP brands in this region will already include more than 500 stores, while the company intends to continue its expansion, among others in Romania or Greece, in the coming years. The logistical support of deliveries to such an expanded sales network is therefore crucial for the implementation of the Group’s business strategy”, indicates Sebastian Soltys, the President of LPP Logistics.
The LPP warehouse is also intended to support deliveries to the Romanian Fulfillment Center and to act as a cross-dock hub for part of the deliveries from Poland. Due to its strategic location, the warehouse offers the possibility to diversify maritime transport through the Black Sea port of Constanta, as well as provides excellent security for an alternative supply route to the Ukrainian market. Utilising the infrastructure of Romania’s largest port also allows the Group to receive orders directly from Asian suppliers.
The new facility will employ nearly 300 people of various specialisations, due to CTPark Bucharest West being appreciated as the industrial park with the best quality of life in Romania. LPP focuses not only on a modern and friendly workplace but also on training the local team in logistics standards and good practices. Care has also been taken to provide commuting facilities – 2 bays are planned for public transport, with a possibility to launch bus lines dedicated to employees. Seven chargers for electric cars have also been prepared in the company car park.
The facility has been designed to take into account ISO14001 certification standards for construction and property management as well as sustainable building principles. The distribution centre is currently in the process of BREEAM certification. The building will be equipped with renewable energy sources, with 10,000 square metres of photovoltaic panels of a total capacity of 2 MW installed on the roof. Around 30 percent of the power supplied by the photovoltaic installation will be directed to the energy needs of the LPP facility.
CTPark Bucharest West spans an area of approx. 830,000 sqm and includes the unique Clubhaus community centre, offering a high-quality working environment for its tenants and over 2,500 employees. Clubhaus offers facilities such as a restaurant, coffee shop, medical services, leisure & entertainment areas, green space and bicycle paths, serving as a community hub for neighbouring districts. A supermarket and sports ground are planned for future expansion phases while the bicycle paths will be extended.