Melton-based fulfilment specialist Hallmark Consumer Services has kicked off expansion plans to double the size of its warehousing and fulfilment operations over the next five years to support its ongoing and projected growth and new business pipeline.
The family-owned fulfilment company originally purchased the 40,000sq ft warehouse and depot as its UK headquarters in 2013, and since then it has recorded annual turnover of more than £5 million each year.
The first phase of the five-year growth plan has involved the construction of a new 8,000 sq ft of bespoke storage and shelving space built as an upper floor mezzanine (pictured above), creating an additional 2500 locations for carton picks and enhanced storage and shipping facility for an even greater range in goods size.
The construction has completed on time and ahead of the seasonal surge in client orders around Black Friday and in the run-up to Christmas, and Hallmark is shortly to launch its seasonal recruitment drive to help cope with demand.
Founded in 1992, Hallmark provides a range of outsourced services including bespoke fulfilment, contract packing, direct mail and logistics solutions to a range of clients.
“Our key aim is to deliver a first-class, personalised and flexible service that helps our clients to grow their business, and we have expanded our facility with this in mind. The additional space not only increases our size and efficiency, but means we can expand the range and size of goods we handle for our clients.
Plans for a further 30,000 sq ft extension of the warehouse are already in development, which will double our capacity over the next five years.
Expanding our existing premises was a no-brainer,” he adds. “Melton is centrally located and has excellent transport links which enable us to provide an efficient delivery service across the UK, which will be further enhanced when the Melton bypass is completed.”
– Philip Hall, Managing Director, Hallmark