Advanced Supply Chain Group (ASCG), which has its headquarters in Bradford, has opened a new European base in the Czech Republic.
The 6,400 square metre facility carries out both returns and value-added services. This expansion is in addition to the business’ UK growth which will see ASCG post sales in excess of £75m for 2018.
It follows the news that ACSG has opened a Dubai base with air-side access at Dubai World Central Airport.
Mike Danby MBE and CEO of ASCG said:
“Since the result of the EU Referendum was announced, we have been making proactive investments across our business to ensure we are in the best possible position to continue to deliver without interruption for our customers. Despite the government not being much closer to an agreement around the specifics of a deal, we’ve continued to grow and our Czech base will allow us to drive further growth across mainland Europe.
“A number of our UK-headquartered ecommerce customers have expanded their operations across Europe in recent years so our new site allows us to support their European supply chains.
“For years we’ve invested in developing our own software so we can provide a bespoke omni-channel solution for each customer’s specific requirements. With technology at the core of everything we do, there are no boundaries to how we manage our customers’ global supply chains. Our new sites give us the physical footprint to ensure we can continue to support the seamless experience we’ve created online.”
ASCG has Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, an accreditation which ensures customs compliance and a secure international supply chain.
The accreditation lowers the business’ risk so will minimise the risk of delays at borders post-Brexit.
Speaking about the firm’s expansion into the Middle East, Mr Danby said:
“International trade centres are shifting. Whether you look towards Europe and Brexit, the trend of production shifting to South East Asia, Mexico and Central Europe or the new trade tariffs between the US and China, it’s an unprecedented period of change. But change brings opportunities, so we’ve made the investment to build a meaningful operation in the Middle East. We have grown the business by being faster, better and cheaper than the competition.
“The new hub will complement our existing network and position us to offer better service and more options for existing customers, as well as working with the growing e-commerce and retail businesses in the Middle East.”