Logistics provider cargo-partner has officially opened its expanded warehouse in Ljubljana, Slovenia. A celebratory customer event took place on 15 December.
The new ‘iLogistics Center’ increases total capacity from 25,000sq m to 39,100sq m.
In 2019, cargo-partner opened its logistics complex in the immediate vicinity of Ljubljana Airport, one of the largest in the cargo-partner group and in the region. The warehouse reached its capacity within one year, cargo-partner said, due to rapid business growth and increased market demand. This resulted in an expansion earlier than originally planned.
Construction of the new warehouse facility began in January 2022, and was completed in eleven months and led by the architectural firm Protim Ržišnik Perc. An investment of €12 million will create 30 new jobs within cargo-partner’s team in Slovenia. The new facility was completed at the end of November.
With both buildings combined, the iLogistics Center now provides a total of 48,000 pallet slots in four different racking systems. Modern climate control systems ensure that an active temperature regime of +15 to +25°C is maintained in the entire warehouse area, where short- and long-term storage is available.
Cargo-partner said that thanks to its flexible design, the facility is ideally suited for rapid transshipment, storage of oversized goods, multi-modal services and high-tech logistics solutions. The logistics centre now has 59 loading docks for all vehicle types.
Part of the new facility is designed specifically for fulfilment services, including a parcel pickup and return point. In addition, the building also contains modern office spaces which are available for rent.
“The newly built facility offers additional storage capacities, which are currently sorely lacking on the market,” said Viktor Kastelic, managing director of cargo-partner Slovenia. “At the same time, we provide comprehensive fulfilment services giving online retailers all the technological and IT support they need.”
At the official opening event, cargo-partner’s CEO Stefan Krauter commented: “Congratulations to the cargo-partner team in Slovenia for the excellent work they have done all these years. With its favourable geostrategic location, Slovenia has great potential in the logistics industry, and I am glad that our local team knew how to use this potential. The iLogistics Center Ljubljana solidifies our strong network and long-standing expertise in Central and Eastern Europe and represents an ideal basis for our further growth.”
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, cargo-partner Slovenia, in cooperation with OneDrone, presented a simulation of a package delivery by drone, making use of the new facility’s drone landing port. A drone flew from the nearby area to the heliport next to the new facility and delivered a package containing the scissors for the ribbon-cutting. Guests were able to watch the arrival of the drone on large screens via live transmission. With this demonstration, cargo-partner said it was hinting at the “not-too-distant future” of parcel delivery.