Bol.com opens sustainable eCommerce fulfillment center to support growth

On September 27 Bol.com opened its new fulfillment center, one of the biggest projects in its history that will help the brand ensure the most reliable and fast delivery of eCommerce orders in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The fulfillment center, which has space for around 7 million items, is a highly sustainable building and earlier this year received an international BREEAM sustainability award in the industrial buildings category.

Facts and figures

  • Construction of the facility started on February 16, 2016
  • Ground floor space is 50,000 square meters, the equivalent of eight soccer fields
  • Total floor space over three floors: 135,000 square meters
  • Total length of transportation belts: 7 kilometers
  • Expected production at peak times: ~30,000 items per hour

“Every day our customers order tens of thousands products and at peak moments even hundreds of thousands," said Huub Vermeulen, Brand President of bol.com. "We believe it is very important that our customers can choose from a big assortment of millions of articles and that their orders are delivered to their homes within several hours. With this new fulfillment center we have the ability to grow and innovate in the future and provide our customers with maximum service.”

Huub Vermeulen officially opens the bol.com fulfilment center together with 13-year old Romy, one of our "customers of the future" and representative of bol.com's more than 8 million customers

The new facility distinguishes itself by combining fulfillment and sorting orders in one location, as bol.com partners with Dutch mail and package delivery company PostNL. The advantage is that the back-office process of online shopping is more efficient and powerful and customers receive their orders faster. Further, carbon emissions are reduced as less transport is needed to deliver the packages.

The fulfillment center will additionally have a positive effect on the local economy and the availability of jobs, including positions for people with disabilities. Expectations are that it will grow in phases and ultimately employ 2,000 associates every day.

Click here for more information (in Dutch), including a fact sheet.

Watch the video about the opening of the sustainable eCommerce fulfillment center below.

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