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IKEA opens new DC in GTA

Kleinburg, Ontario, facility operated by DHL

September 19, 2019

 IKEA and DHL staff open the DC

BURLINGTON, Ont. – IKEA opened its latest distribution centre today in Kleinburg, Ontario.

The 550,000 square foot facility is operated by DHL.

The Kleinburg Customer Distribution Centre will focus on last-mile delivery directly to customers’ homes, complementing the retailer’s four stores and Mississauga Customer Distribution Centre in the Greater Toronto Area.

The new DC is expected to reduce delivery lead times, which will support the retailer’s expanded service offering, including new lower pricing for parcel and truck delivery.

The site has created approximately 120 jobs.

“Through our deep industry and market expertise, we’re well-positioned to help IKEA increase productivity and meet the ever-changing expectations of every customer, every time,” said Jennifer Askew, vice-president retail operations Canada, DHL Supply Chain.

“Our culture of continuous innovation also enables our team to bring productivity-enhancing technology and data-driven insight to drive even greater agility and flexibility needed throughout the retail industry.”

IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people and the planet. Opening this new distribution location in the Toronto area brings the retailer closer to the customer, reducing transport distances and emissions. IKEA has also made the bold commitment globally to have 100 per cent electric or zero emission vehicles by 2025.

The new Kleinburg location is IKEA’s fourth customer distribution centre in Canada. The retailer opened its first centre in the Vancouver area last year and also operates facilities in the Montreal and Toronto areas.