DC developments: February 2, 2022

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Air Canada Cargo

Air Canada Cargo has increased handling capacity at its Frankfurt hub by 35 percent in preparation for the start of service to the airport by its Boeing 767-300ER freighters later this year. The additional capacity adds to the existing 5,000 square metres already occupied by Air Canada Cargo in its self-handled Frankfurt hub. John Lloyd, who is ACC’s director, Europe, Middle East and India, said the new space will significantly enhance the key Frankfurt hub for the airline.

Vejii Holdings

Kelowna, British Columbia-based vegan food producer Vejii Holdings Ltd has taken cold storage space with a San Diego, California 3PL. Vejii said it expected to start shipping from this facility by the end of January 2022. Vejii will store and ship the full range of frozen, refrigerated, and dry products from the DC. The first California facility will allow the company to offer same-day service to a growing customer base in the state, said Vejii president and CEO Darren Gill.

Ferguson Enterprises

Ferguson Enterprises, a wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S., enlisted the help of Tompkins Solutions to develop a new DC that consolidates multiple facilities. Located in Aurora, Colorado, the new facility enables Ferguson to reduce its per unit processing costs and improve service levels. The 435,000-square-foot distribution centre employs pick modules for cases and eaches, a dual-sided shipping sorter and a 51,000-bin AutoStore automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). Ferguson has also engaged Tompkins to develop a greenfield facility in Chandler, Arizona, as well as the design and retrofit of several other DCs throughout the U.S.

Dalfen Industrial

U.S.-based industrial real estate buyer and developer Dalfen Industrial committed to US $430 million of industrial properties across eight U.S. metropolitan areas in December 2021. The transactions were a mix of acquisitions and speculative developments totaling over 3.7 million square feet. The company acquired four properties, totaling over 1.9 million square feet, in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Charleston, Baltimore, and East Bay’s Central Valley. Dalfen also acquired over 186 acres of land for development in the Charleston, Miami, and West Palm Beach markets. They will be building three buildings totaling over 1.8 million square feet of industrial space in these locations. Over the past 12 months, Dalfen closed $2.4B in acquisitions and developments.