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French retailer CAFOM extends logistics deal; plans to open new distribution hub


French retail group CAFOM, which holds an international license for the Habitat brand, has extended its collaboration with XPO Logistics to manage operations at its new global distribution facility.

CAFOM has confirmed that its new 613,500sq ft distribution hub in Amblainville is scheduled to open in H1 2017 and will house its three brands including Habitat, Vente-unique.com and DirectLowCost.com. The hub will combine the operations of two existing warehouses from the Greater Paris area including one in Eragny-sur-Oise, which is already managed by XPO Logistics and supplies Habitat products to approximately 85 stores in France and abroad. The other, in Criquebeuf-sur-Seine, is dedicated to Vente-Unique.com and serves over 750,000 customers throughout Europe, on target to reach one million customers by 2018.

The site will also be equipped with a common collection point for the two brands Habitat and Vente-unique.com. Malcolm Wilson, managing director-supply chain at XPO Logistics Europe, said: “The management of the Amblainville hub is a new chapter in our collaboration and a sign of trust, given that control of the supply chain is key for distribution specialists such as CAFOM. We are delighted to extend our relationship and support our customer’s growth.”

Herv? GIAOUI, president of CAFOM, said: “The continuous improvement of our supply chain is a strategic area of focus for CAFOM. Performance levels impact the quality of our consumers’ experience, which is one of our top priorities.

We have therefore chosen to continue our successful seven-year collaboration with XPO Logistics.

“Thanks to this site, significant synergies will be achieved between our brands and we will have a structure able to absorb the expected growth in the coming years.”

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