SEKO Logistics has marked the latest stage of its transition to a period of acquisition growth with the opening of its Chicago global gateway.
Tripling the size of SEKO’s Chicago hub follows the acquisition of Chicago-headquartered customs broker and freight forwarder GoodShip International in January.
The move, which followed the purchase of a majority shareholding in SEKO partner Omni-Channel Logistics is part of SEKO’s strategy to work with the right strategic partners and make acquisitions.
The SEKO Chicago facility will be a cross border e-commerce parcel processing hub for its growing international, domestic and returns parcel services.
Consolidating Chicago operations is in anticipation of a three-fold growth in business in 2019 and to future-proof SEKO’s operations in the Midwest.
The 103,000 square foot facility combines 17 dock and ramp doors and a five-high pallet racking storage system.
The CTPAT and Indirect Air Carrier certified warehouse is fully secured with electronic entry and hi-res security monitoring cameras covering the interior and exterior of the building.
The facility will have a clean room for medical devices and a temperature control section to enhance white glove and omni-channel logistics.
The Chicago facility houses all of SEKO’s contract logistics, air and ocean freight forwarding and cross-dock operations, white glove and value-added forwarding services alongside customs brokerage and compliance.
James Gagne, president and CEO of SEKO Logistics says: “Chicago joins other key cities across our international network where we are bringing all of our global capabilities together under one roof and follows SEKO’s expansion in other major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.”
Rick Lee, COO Americas for SEKO Logistics says: “This is now our flagship facility in the United States and we look forward to continuing our expansion of omni-channel logistics, white glove and value-added freight forwarding facilities here and around the globe.”