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Ozon to launch logistics centre in historic deal for the Russian warehouse market

20 August 2020, Moscow – Ozon, a leading multi-category online retailer, will create a 155,000-sqm logistics centre at the Orientir Zapad (Orientir West) industrial park. This is the largest deal in the history of the Russian warehouse real estate market for the one-time construction of an entire facility. The commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Russia acted as a consultant on the deal. The logistics centre includes an order fulfilment factory with an area of ​​130,000 sqm and a sorting centre with an area of ​​25,000 sqm for parcels from marketplace sellers; the total capacity of the hub will reach up to 800,000 parcels per day. The facility is set to become the centrepiece of Ozon's logistics infrastructure and is scheduled to launch in the middle of next year.

Ozon is actively developing its logistics infrastructure, both in the Moscow area and in the Russian regions, in order to maintain a high level of customer service amid the company’s dynamic growth as well as to make it more convenient for marketplace sellers to partner with the site. The new fulfilment factory is located 35 km from the Moscow Automobile Ring Road (MKAD), at the intersection of the federal highways A-107 and M-9. The A-107 highway connects the new logistics centre to Ozon’s order fulfilment factory in Khorugvino, which will allow the company to optimize its logistics flows.

Anton Alyabyev, Senior Director and Head of Industrial & Logistics Real Estate at CBRE, commented:

“Ozon is growing at a rate of 100% year after year. This kind of growth for an online retailer should be ensured by the development of its logistics: over the past 12 months, with our support, a programme for the development of a regional network of fulfilment centres with the potential for further expansion was implemented, and now the company is focused on the need to increase its infrastructure in the Moscow region.

The new logistics centre, like the company’s other facilities, will be a high-tech production facility equipped with the most modern equipment, including two automatic sorters with a capacity of up to 400,000 parcels per day each. One of these sorters will be installed at the fulfilment factory and the other at the sorting centre, where parcels from marketplace sellers working from their own warehouses are processed. The launch of the centre at full working capacity will create 5,800 jobs.”

Stepan Gusamov, Investment and Infrastructure Development Director at Ozon, said:

“It is important for us that the dynamic growth of our company be supported by a logistics infrastructure that allows us to expand our assortment of goods while maintaining a high level of customer service even during periods of peak demand, as we saw during the pandemic. At the same time, the opening of new logistics centres not only creates thousands of jobs, but also contributes to the development of small and medium-sized businesses through their cooperation with the Ozon commodity and logistics marketplace, and gives millions of Russians access to a wide range of goods.

The multifunctional production and warehouse complex at Orientir Zapad, featuring roadside service facilities, is being constructed by the company Orientir in cooperation with the Government of the Moscow Region. The cooperation agreement was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2019 and envisions the creation of a favorable investment climate and new jobs in the Moscow region. The project provides for the construction of an automobile junction with the federal highway New Riga that leads directly to the Orientir industrial park.”

Andrey Postnikov, CEO of Orientir, noted:

“We are confident that in the next 10 years, the leaders of e-commerce will become the main tenants and buyers of modern warehouse and fulfilment space. That is why 3 years ago, we approved a plan to construct the most modern fulfilment centres and subsequently introduce automation and robotization systems for internal processes. Ozon has been our strategic client since 2018 and is currently our largest tenant.

In 2021, we will open a new, ultra-modern order fulfilment centre for Ozon at Orientir Zapad park on the New Riga highway, which will allow our client to not only significantly increase the ability to process orders, but also, just as important, to create more than 5,000 new jobs for the Moscow region.”