3PL win Rakuten Kobo e-readers distribution

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3PL, a Wigan-based third-party logistics specialist announced that it has partnered with Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in eReading, offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries.

Rakuten Kobo is one of the world’s biggest digital booksellers. Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo enables more than 38 million readers worldwide to read anytime, anywhere. As logistics partner, 3PL will provide both B2C and B2B fulfilment solutions for the brands family of best-selling e-readers to customers across the UK.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to enhance our supply chain operations and are confident that working with 3PL will enable us to get more people reading more quickly across the UK”
– Nantha Gopalasamy, Director of Global Supply Chain Management, Rakuten Kobo

3PL operates from over 250,000 sq. ft of shared user warehousing in the UK, supported by access to a network of International warehouses to support global expansion for its clients. Its fast-moving operations house over 16 million items of stock, and dispatch across some 32,000 product lines.

3PL has developed a tailored logistics solution for Rakuten Kobo. Capabilities will include end-to-end order fulfilment, flexible storage with the agility to respond to changes in volume, and the scalability to adapt to future demand, dedicated account management and a range of value-added services that are designed to support Rakuten’s UK growth strategy.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Rakuten Kobo, and to play a part in their mission to bring the power of reading to our worlds. As a story lover myself, I’m very excited to delve into the delights of over 6 million digital book titles, and for 3PL to play a part in the success of this wonderful, forward thinking business.”
– Erica Morrison, Customer Success Manager, 3PL


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