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Croatia’s Studenac to build distribution centre near Zagreb

Jun 18, 2024, 12:55:40 PMArticle by Annie Tsoneva
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June 18 (SeeNews) - Croatian food retailer Studenac said on Tuesday it will build a new distribution centre near the country’s capital Zagreb, set to open next year, to enhance the efficiency and capacity of its logistics network.

Croatia’s Studenac to build distribution centre near Zagreb
Source: Studenac

“The new center in Velika Gorica will cover 36,000 square meters and eventually create approximately 500 new jobs,” the company said in a press release.

Studenac did not disclose the value of the investment, but said it will carry out the project in cooperation with Romanian real estate company Log Expert and with the support of consultants from Polish Graphene Partners, which specialises in supply chain management advisory services.

Studenac currently has a central distribution centre in Dugopolje, near the coastal southern city of Split, which supports cross-dock operations in Zadar, as well as semi cross-docks in Dubrovnik, Pazin, Zagreb and Kutina.

The facility will feature a new Warehouse Management System (WMS) to integrate all operations, and an automatic replenishment system that will optimise stocks in the entire network. Studenac plans to deploy environmentally friendly solutions including a comprehensive waste management system and solar panels on the roof.

Studenac has more than tripled its store network in almost six years, expanding throughout the country via a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, and the company sees potential for further growth based on its proximity retail concept.

"The new facility is scheduled to begin operations in the second quarter 2025 with the aim to boost efficiency all along our supply chain, while at the same time improving the quality of the product offering in our stores," Studenac CEO Michal Senczuk said.

"Logistics is one of the company’s competitive advantages, and we intend to use it as a foundation to further develop our network, continuing to roll out our concept of proximity stores," he added.

Polish private equity fund manager Enterprise Investors acquired Omis-based Studenac in August 2018, when the chain had more than 380 shops located predominantly on the Croatian coastline and islands, with a hub in Dalmatia, from its owner and founder Josip Milavic. Since then, the Polish company has invested over 260 million euro ($279 million) in the company, Studenac has said earlier.

($ = 0.932 euro)

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