Deldo doubles warehouse capacity
The year has started well for Deldo Autobanden – the Belgium-based tyre wholesaler says its new warehouse in the Port of Antwerp is now finished and operational, and the facility’s entry into service has effectively doubled stock capacity to more than 2 million tyres. According to Deldo, this added capacity is aiding an expansion of its premium as well as budget segment ranges and offers customers throughout Europe an enhanced ‘just-in-time’ service.
“In this era of e-commerce and transparency, distinction is made in availability of stock, expertise and speed,” states Philip Delcroix, Deldo’s chief executive officer. “Our sales teams and logistic people guaranteed the latter already for many years. With the new warehouse, we now offer our customers continuous availability as well. It’s not just doubling capacity. It’s also making sure that we can offer novelties, new brands and new ranges. Helping our customers to be successful. Our mission remains to be the preferred partner for all industry experts when they need tyres.”
The new warehouse covers 25,000 square metres in the Port of Antwerp, one of Europe’s main logistics centres. “It was key for us to find a spot in the heart of Europe and at a stone’s throw from our headquarters,” adds Lu Bartholomeeusen, logistics director at Deldo. “This warehouse means that we can offer our partners 800,000 extra tyres. Not yearly, but every single day, ready for shipment all over Europe and the world. And the location in the Port helps us to deliver these within the shortest timeframe possible. On top, we’ve taken the opportunity to make it one of the most modern warehouses in the world – it only takes 2 people to operate these more than 12,000 locations.”
Deldo Autobanden NV is one of Europe’s leading tyre wholesalers. With a focus on passenger car tyres, Deldo offers both premium and budget tyres and sells more than 7 million tyres per annum. Its private labels include the Minerva, Imperial, Tristar, Atlas, Superia and Fortuna brands. The business, which employs about 200 people in Antwerp, is owned and managed by the Delcroix family.