Dubai: Lagardère Travel Retail has appointed GAC Dubai’s Contract Logistics team to handle a range of goods sold at Duty Free retail stores at airports in Saudi Arabia and the future Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC).
Under the multi-year agreement signed by the two companies commencing 1 March 2019, GAC Dubai will take care of the port haulage, receipt, storage, pick/pack, transportation, customs clearance and Federal Tax Authority documentation for goods including chocolates, fine foods, fashion, beverages, electronics, cigarettes and cigars, personal care, perfumery and make-up. The companies expects to manage approximately 17,000 SKUs (stock keeping units) across a variety of product types and will also handle the formalities required for the storage and handling of some categories of beverages on behalf of Lagardère Travel Retail.
Ronald Lichtenecker, GAC Dubai’s Managing Director, says: “This marks the beginning of a long-term relationship with a world leading duty-free operator, which is now expanding in the Middle East. It is an excellent fit with GAC Dubai’s long-term vision for its contract logistics business to move into specialised storage and handling operations.”
“This is Lagardère Travel Retail’s first warehousing venture in the region, so the awarding of a long-term agreement is testament to the strength and knowledge of GAC’s management and staff. It also recognises our willingness to invest in scalable solutions that allow clients such as Lagardère Travel Retail to manage and grow their business,” adds Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager – Contract Logistics. “Strong bonds have already been formed between both companies and we look forward to strengthening them further over the coming years.”
Vadim Motlik, Lagardère Travel Retail’s UAE CEO, says: “We are delighted to be starting this new partnership with one of the strongest logistics operators in the Middle East. It will enable us to reinforce the fluidity and reliability of our regional supply chain, which is key to delivering excellent service to our customers.”
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About Lagardere Travel Retail
One of the four divisions of the Lagardère group, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry. Operating over 4.400 stores across Travel Essentials, Duty Free & Fashion and Foodservice in airports, railway stations and other concessions in 34 countries worldwide, we generate ?4.5 bn sales (managed 100%).
Lagardère Travel Retail has a unique holistic approach aimed at exceeding travelers’ expectations throughout their journey, and optimizing landlords’ assets and partners’ brands.
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