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Rakuten Super Logistics expands national presence into six additional US markets
Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) announced that it will open six additional fulfilment centres in 2019, expanding its operations to a total of 18 markets
RSL will be employing state-of-the-art technology in all six new facilities. In 2018, RSL began deploying 'order fulfilment robots', developed by inVia Robotics, in its facilities nationwide and will be expanding with inVia's automation technology in the new warehouses.
"Our continued expansion into major metropolitan markets is a commitment to our clients. We're creating a network that provides our clients a greater choice and flexibility that aligns their customer base with their product." said Mike Manzione, Chief Executive Officer of RSL.
"With the change to zone-based pricing for First Class Packages, all clients must reconsider how to locate their product closer to their customers." Manzione continues.
"By 2021, worldwide retail e-commerce sales are projected to be 4.9 trillion dollars (USD). At the same time, customers are demanding shorter shipping timelines. RSL is uniquely positioned as an industry leader with our nationwide network of fulfilment centres. With our increased major metropolitan presence, RSL will reduce ground transit delivery to within one day.
"Houston and Los Angeles will be our first 2019 expansion markets. The new Houston facility will be strategic for our clients importing product and materials from all over the world – including Brazil and Germany. Los Angeles will be strategically located near the Port of Los Angeles, a major container port. The Los Angeles location will be instrumental for our clients that import product from Asia."