Luxury goods maker Kering Group has just unveiled its new gigantic global warehouse in Trecate, in the province of Piemonte, Northern Italy. The first phase actually began operating in March of 2020 while the second phase, a 100,000 m² (1,076,000 sq ft) pièce de résistance, is scheduled to be delivered by the end of Q2 2021, for a total building surface of 162,000 m² (1.75m sq ft). Operations were outsourced to long-time partner XPO Logistics which currently counts 250 employees on site and plans to hire another 650 by late 2022.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and automation all designed to be scalable, the hub will meet the demand from regional warehouses, retail stores, wholesalers and e-commerce worldwide while significantly increasing the group’s capabilities in terms of shipping (up to 80 million pieces per year) and storage (up to 20 million pieces). It will also reduce lead times by 50% by increasing the speed of deliveries and help enhance collaboration between the group’s brands. “We are transforming our worldwide logistics network in Europe, America and Asia to become fully omnichannel, to markedly increase the speed of deliveries to the benefits of our Houses and their clients” commented Jean-François Palus, Kering Managing Director.
Conceived with sustainability in mind, the Trecate plant will have one of Europe’s largest rooftop solar systems, with its photovoltaic panels providing a total of 12.7 MW on completion of the building, saving an estimated 7,500 tons CO2 a year. The site will also be the first industrial complex in Italy to produce more energy than it consumes. The plan is or the building to become the first in Europe to receive LEED Platinum certification, it is also seeking WELL Gold certification to guarantee the best work environment for all employees.
Kering manages the development of a series of renowned houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear
Photo ©Kering Warehouse Piemonte
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