Demand for IKEA products in Western Canada has fuelled the need for a new massive customer distribution facility for the market.
On Monday, IKEA opened a new 330,540-sq-ft Customer Distribution Centre at the Port of Vancouver’s Richmond Logistics Hub at 7031 York Road in South Richmond.
The facility is the first of its kind from IKEA for the Western Canada market, and it allows the company to have its products closer to its customers, while also providing additional capacity for future growth.
This particular hub serves both IKEA stores in Metro Vancouver, as well as stores in Calgary and Edmonton and collection points in Nanaimo, Victoria, and Kelowna. It will also be the deployment centre for home deliveries across BC, Alberta, and most of the orders in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
“Today’s opening is an important step as IKEA Canada continues its transformation journey to become the leading multichannel home furnishings retailer,” said Marsha Smith, President, IKEA Canada in a statement.
“By optimizing our distribution networks, we ensure IKEA is fit for long-term growth, delivering a more enjoyable and convenient shopping experience for our customers in Western Canada, both today and in the future.”
About 100 people are now employed at the new logistics hubs, which is IKEA’s third customer distribution centre in Canada. Other hub facilities are located in the Toronto and Montreal areas.