cargo-partner Celebrates Opening of iLogistics Center
After a construction phase of eleven months, cargo-partner are celebrating the official opening of their iLogistics Center near Ljubljana Airport with a gala dinner. The new iLogistics Center is the largest logistics complex of the cargo-partner group.
The iLogistics Center in immediate vicinity of Ljubljana Airport had taken up operations in August. After one month of successful operations, the opening celebration was hosted as an opportunity to thank the responsible project team as well as key customers and partners in the region and celebrate the success together.
Viktor Kastelic, Managing Director of cargo-partner in Slovenia, explained his motivations behind the 28 million euro investment as follows: “Our goal was to make use of this important, strategic hub in the heart of Europe with a state-of-the-art logistics complex and to bring our headquarters as well as our other offices in Ljubljana together under one roof. We put a lot of love into this project as we want to offer the best working conditions, be a great employer for our staff and the best partner for our customers!”
Stefan Krauter, CEO of cargo-partner, said, “With its favorable geostrategic position, Slovenia is a natural connection between Central and Southeast Europe. In addition, the ports of Koper and Trieste provide an important connecting point to Asia and the Mediterranean. This major investment will further solidify our strong network and long-standing expertise in Central and Eastern Europe and provide the ideal basis for our continuing growth.”
Sigrid Berka, Austrian Ambassador to Slovenia, emphasized the importance of the investment for the development of the region and commended cargo-partner for recognizing the significance of Slovenia as a thriving European logistics hub as well as for the creation of modern and attractive workplaces.
The construction project was designed in cooperation with the architects Protim Ržišnik Perc and, despite the complexity and size of the building, was completed within eleven months. Over the course of August 2019, all cargo-partner offices and warehouses in Ljubljana, including the company’s Slovenian head office, moved to the new premises, while cargo-partner’s Koper office remains in Sermin.
With a total area of 25,000 m², the iLogistics Center Ljubljana is one of the largest warehouse complexes in the country. The warehouse has 44 truck loading docks and offers more than 20,000 pallet slots. In addition, the facility contains a 6,000 m² small parts store and handling area as well as 5,000 m² of cross-dock and block storage space. An additional storage building with 8,000 m² can be added next to the current warehouse at a later stage.
The center enables storage under temperature-controlled conditions and meets the requirements for storing and handling the most demanding goods, such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, automotive and high-tech goods. The high-rack aisles contain a combination of induction-guided narrow-aisle racking and standard wide-aisle racking systems. The warehouse complies with the TAPA standard and is strictly access-controlled.
Based on many years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment, the company provides a range of contract logistics services at the new facility, including short and long-term storage, picking and packing, labeling, cross-docking, consolidation, multi-channel distribution, and comprehensive eFulfillment for online stores.
Viktor Kastelic, Managing Director of cargo-partner in Slovenia, on the staff’s reaction to the new facility: “With its open and modern design, our office environment offers various informal break-out areas where colleagues can get together for spontaneous collaboration. In addition, a cafeteria, terrace and balconies provide further spaces for relaxation and creative communication. Our staff has greeted the new working environment with great enthusiasm, which I am especially pleased with.”