SEKO Logistics has opened a global gateway in Chicago (Illinois) which has tripled its footprint in the US city.
The move also marks the latest stage of its transition to a period of acquisition growth as it grows and differentiates its service offering in the international 3PL market.
Tripling the size of SEKO’s Chicago hub follows its acquisition in January of GoodShip International, the Chicago-headquartered customs broker and freight forwarder.
This move, which also followed the purchase of a majority shareholding in SEKO partner Omni-Channel Logistics, is part of SEKO’s strategy to work with the right types of strategic partners and to undertake acquisitions which enhance its technology, network and capabilities.
The new SEKO Chicago facility will be a cross-border e-commerce parcel processing hub for its growing international, domestic and returns parcel solutions.
Consolidating its Chicago operation into a major new facility is in anticipation of a three-fold growth in business in the region in 2019 and SEKO said it will “future-proof” its operations in the Midwest.
The 103,000 square foot facility combines 17 dock and ramp doors and a five-high pallet racking storage system. CTPAT- and Indirect Air Carrier-certified, the warehouse is full secured with electronic entry and hi-res security monitoring cameras covering the exterior and interior of the property.
All-electric equipment inside the building also ensures its optimum environmental efficiency. The facility will include both a clean room for medical devices and a temperature control section to enhance its White Glove and Omni-Channel Logistics capabilities as well, respectively.
The Chicago gateway houses all of SEKO’s contract logistics, air and ocean freight forwarding and cross-dock operations, white glove and value-added forwarding services alongside the customs brokerage and compliance capabilities expertise used by SEKO’s rapidly-growing client portfolio.
In Chicago, this now spans leading global brands to technology-savvy start-ups working in industries including aerospace & aviation, automotive, energy, electronics, FMCG, high-tech, industrial, medical, retail and tradeshow & events.
SEKO Logistics president and chief executive officer, James Gagne said: “This latest investment in another gateway hub and proximity to the airport is driven by the needs of customers who have chosen SEKO to deliver global solutions.
“Chicago joins other key cities across our international network where we are bringing all of our global capabilities together under one roof and follows SEKO’s expansion in other major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.
“Our fast-growing Global Own Gateway Markets with a combination of people, process, infrastructure, network and technology investment will fully equip and bolster our local strategic partners to deliver for our clients by combining our global presence with local expertise and excellence.”