SEKO Logistics has invested in a flagship airfreight and omni-parcel services facility close to London Heathrow Airport which it said demonstrates its “confidence” in the continued cross-border growth potential of British brands globally.
The move comes as SEKO’s revenues are set to top £100 million in the UK in 2018 for the first time and the logistics company said Heathrow will become an even more vital gateway for a plethora of new cross-border trading opportunities for both British and international businesses.
The company moved into the new 22,000 square foot purpose-built location in Egham this month is part of a £5 million-plus commitment to support its customers’ fast-growing international shipment volumes, which includes the rapid expansion of pureplay e-tailer business from the UK to Australia, New Zealand and the US.
SEKO’s chief operating officer in EMEA, Keith O’Brien (pictured) said: “We are growing organically mainly on the strength of existing customer recommendations as well as our specialist expertise, expanding global footprint and reputation for helping British companies to quickly access the lucrative cross-border eCommerce space, which has been our biggest growth area in the past 2-3 years.
“This will continue because of the international demand for British brands. Our decision to invest in this new facility close to Heathrow will make the cross-border delivery process even easier for our customers.”
SEKO opened its first UK location in 2003 and now operates eight facilities, including a 225,000 square foot logistics centre in Milton Keynes from where it delivers a full range of omnichannel services for global order fulfilment, delivery management, returns solutions and ecommerce for leading brands.
Outside of the US, where SEKO was founded in 1976, the UK, boosted by the growth of e-commerce, is now the largest global market in a SEKO’s network spanning over 120 offices in more than 40 countries. Currently, the UK is the third largest eCommerce market in the world, with 46% of UK SMEs exporting and receiving revenue from overseas.
SEKO’s global expansion also saw the opening of its second largest operation in Europe at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Logistics Park in February, bringing its entire service offering under one roof for customers using SEKO’s cross-border e-commerce, omni-channel and international transportation and fulfilment solutions.