“We have an important stage of the investment in Brześć Kujawski ahead of us, namely the execution of a multi-sectoral concept of the facility, i.e. one that will allow us to define the assumptions of the project in terms of functionality, space and technology. We are at the stage of selection of architects and, at the same time, the designer and supplier of logistics technology. We want both projects – the architectural and technological ones – to be executed in cooperation, which will allow us to design a facility tailored to the needs of LPP, where advanced technologies will be used on a daily basis and the highest standards of work and safety will be ensured,” said Jacek Kujawa, Vice President of LPP for Logistics and IT.
According to the plan, the concept of the Centre in Brześć Kujawski is to be developed by the end of this year. In the first half of 2020, a tender for the implementation will be announced and the construction stage will begin. The final stage of construction works and commencement of the logistics technology assembly is planned for the first half of 2021. The final stage will be the launch of the logistics technology, which will take about a year. The first shipments with LPP products will start from Brześć Kujawski into the world in the first half of 2022.
The investment worth about PLN 500 million will allow LPP to increase its current warehouse space by 100,000 sqm. From the new Distribution Centre, up to 10 million clothes and accessories will be shipped weekly to LPP stores around the world. To provide logistic services to the chain of stores in Poland and abroad, LPP plans to employ several hundred people. The company will look for warehouse workers, maintenance specialists, logistics employees, engineers and managers. The multi-stage recruitment process is set to begin in 2020.
“As a company responsible for employees and future generations, we want to be present in Brześć Kujawski not only as an investor creating several hundred jobs, but also as a good neighbour. Therefore, we signed a letter of intent with Brześć Kujawski municipality in which we declared our willingness to undertake joint activities for the benefit of the residents and the municipality, especially in the areas of education, culture and recreation. We are very happy that thanks to the cooperation with the authorities of Brześć Kujawski we will be able to support local development, encourage residents to take part in sports activities and educate children and youth,” explained Przemysław Lutkiewicz, LPP Vice-President for Finance.
LPP will inaugurate its social programme named "Brześć Kujawski in the spotlight" by supporting this year's edition of the Czesław Wasielewski Memorial organized by the Municipal Sports Club Łokietek and active participation in the run by the employees of the LPP. Moreover, as part of a long-term partnership with the local authorities of Brześć Kujawski, an educational programme will be commenced in the 2019/20 school year. Pupils of primary schools in the municipality will be able to take part in English language classes.
“From the next school year, in cooperation with LPP, we will initiate an educational program that will contribute to improvement of language skills of kids and youth from our community. I believe that our partnership within the "Brześć Kujawski in the spotlight" programme will be of a long-term nature and will have a positive impact on the lives of the Brześć inhabitants. I am glad that the group of investors operating in Brześć has been joined by a company for which family values are important and which willingly engages in local development,” said Tomasz Chymkowski, Mayor of Brest Kujawski.
The inhabitants of Pruszcz Gdański, where LPP created its Distribution Centre over ten years ago - currently one of the largest and most modern in Central and Eastern Europe - could already see how the investor's involvement translates into the development of the local community and entrepreneurship. At this time Pruszcz Gdański is one the most attractive investment destinations in the Pomeranian Region. Over the last 10 years, the unemployment rate in this region has significantly decreased.
Due to the dynamic development and plans for further
foreign expansion, LPP decided to make another large investment and to build a
modern Distribution Centre in the Brześć Kujawski municipality. Such facilities
play a key role in LPP's global supply and distribution network.