International fulfilment services provider fulfilmentcrowd has opened a new centre in Yorkshire as it continues to meet growing demand from SME eCommerce retailers.
The new 28,000 sq ft fulfilment centre in Belton will create ten new jobs and becomes fulfilmentcrowd’s thirteenth operating site. The company recently opened new centres in France and the Netherlands, which alongside its new Yorkshire location, will enable it to increase overall capacity by around 48% during the next 12 months.
Providing easy access to the UK’s main motorway network, the Belton centre will service a growing base of SME eCommerce retailers in Yorkshire and the Humber and across the North East. fulfilmentcrowd picks, packages and delivers products for over 500 retailers nationwide, ensuring these reach consumers across the UK and internationally.
Lee Thompson, managing director at fulfilmentcrowd, said: “During the past 12 months, we’ve seen 67 per cent growth in the number of eCommerce SME retailers we’re working with.
“This growth is expected to continue over the next few years, as smaller retailers scale-up. Last year’s lockdowns inspired a trend of consumers wanting to support independent businesses, which has continued well into 2021 and shows little sign of slowing down.
“Our new Belton centre, along with European expansion, will enable us to effectively meet this demand. This will mean we can sustain growth, whilst maintaining high-quality standards and providing customers with the expertise and confidence to increase sales volumes and scale their retail operations.”
fulfilmentcrowd will operate the Belton centre in partnership with Connect Warehousing, which has joined fulfilmentcrowd’s Fulfilment Partner Network. The Network provides warehouse operators with the opportunity to optimise warehouse space by cost-effectively allocating under-utilised space to SME eCommerce retailers, that they may not traditionally work with as they trade under specified minimum volume requirements.
Lee Thompson added: “fulfilmentcrowd exists to provide small and medium volume eCommerce retailers with the ability to simply and affordably get their goods to shoppers across the UK and around the world. These types of businesses are thriving in Yorkshire and the North East and our Belton centre provides them with a gateway to growing sales internationally.
“Our new sites in Belton, Netherlands and France are up and running and there’s an active pipeline of new customers, which will see us quickly filling the increased capacity. We already have an eye on further openings, with locations and partners under consideration.
“We are planning ahead of the demand curve, ensuring we’re in a position to continually grow our customer base, whilst also accommodating the expanding capacity requirements of the existing, fast-growth SME retailers we’re already working with.”
Earlier this year fulfilmentcrowd closed its financial year with a £7.5m investment from growth capital investor BGF. This is supporting fulfilmentcrowd’s international expansion.
This month, the company was named Business of the Year (over 50 employees) at the SME National Business Awards, recognising its exceptional performance over the last 12 months. For its year ending March 31, 2021, fulfilmentcrowd reported 71 per cent growth in revenues, with turnover reaching £13m.