With a new Prime Minister due within days and Brexit still undecided, it’s no surprise to see companies spreading their risk and establishing operations on the EU mainland. Latest is fulfilmentcrowd who have opened a new partner German fulfilment centre.
The brand-new German fulfilment centre is operated by FairPack GmbH and strategically located in Bocholt, North Rhine-Westphalia on the Netherlands border, which is within easy reach of all major European transport hubs.
The German ecommerce market is currently worth £57.9 billion with a population that exceeds 81 million people, compared to the UK’s 67 million population. The ecommerce market in Germany and its surrounding European countries is expected to grow 9.7% over the next 12 months alone.
The company has been researching emerging markets for some time and every study suggested that Germany was the right place to start their international development. It is already the most popular export destination and despite 85% of the population having access to the internet, the ecommerce market is still only a third size of the UK. This growth potential presents huge opportunities for service providers and lays the foundation for international expansion plans for fulfilmentcrowd.
All sales and operations for the new German fulfilment centre will be managed in Germany, whilst onboarding and technical support will be provided by staff at fulfilmentcrowd’s Chorley HQ in the UK. A new German-language website has also been launched.
The new centre offers existing fulfilmentcrowd clients the opportunity to locate stock, handle returns and cost-effectively deliver next day into Germany.
While one of the Tory leadership candidates is adamant that we’ll leave the EU on the 31st of October, not everyone is quite as certain so laying immediate plans could once again be a hit or miss strategy, especially with the make up of the incoming European government very receptive to yet another long extension. However it’s still on the agenda so is likely to happen sooner or later and when it does having a plan for delivering stock within the rest of EU’s biggest market makes sense.