SEATTLE, May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, leading outdoor retailer REI announced that it will certainly open a third distribution center, located in Goodyear, Arizona, to much better support its stores and customers through faster product replenishment and delivery.
“We are privileged to join the community of Goodyear as we expand our distribution capacity and services to the southwest market,” said Rick Bingle, REI’s vice president of Supply Chain. “The Goodyear distribution focus will certainly permit us to go on to concentrate on the calls for of customers by moving our gear and apparel much more promptly and efficiently, now and in to the future.”
REI returned a tape-record $168 million to its members through its annual dividend earlier this year. The co-op welcomed 945,000 Brand-new members and opened seven Brand-new store openings in 2014, bringing the most up to date total to 140 stores in 33 states. The Brand-new distribution focus will certainly serve about 40 of those stores. Retail and REI.com customers will certainly benefit from shorter cycle times called for to replenish product, ensuring for much more choices on store shelves and shorter deliveries. Once the Goodyear facility is up and running, the company will certainly reach twenty percent much more customers along with two-day ground service.
The 400,000 square-foot facility resides on 34 acres in the Phoenix suburb. REI expects the distribution focus to be operational in July 2016 and employ about 1twenty employees.
“Staying true to the co-op’s values, the facility is being created and constructed along with sustainability and community at the forefront,” said Bingle. “REI is making selections to limit demands on natural resources whenever possible.”
The building will certainly be created using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Electricity and Environmental Design) standards, aiming to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold® certification. The objective is to reduce Electricity consumption in the building, reduce Electricity costs and offer a much more comfortable working environment for employees. In addition, the company is pursuing methods to minimize water use inside and outside the building, particularly for cooling and landscaping needs.
With several recreation areas nearby, Goodyear, and the surrounding community, is a sturdy match for REI’s culture and brand. The co-op invested much more compared to $45,000 in its local nonprofit relationships to increase and deal with local outdoor places in Arizona, including the Arizona National Scenic Trail and McDowell Sonoran Preserve. along with the Brand-new distribution center, REI will certainly expand upon its commitment to outdoor spaces in Goodyear through additional grants and employee volunteer projects.
The Goodyear facility will certainly complement REI’s existing distribution centers in Sumner, Washington and Bedford, Pennsylvania. REI picked Goodyear as the site for its Brand-new distribution focus after looking at several various other locations in the southwest region.
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 5.5 million energetic members that expect and like the most effective quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips and outstanding customer service. REI has actually 140 stores in 33 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can easily shop at REI.com, REI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t simply Regarding gear. You can easily take the quest of a lifetime along with REI Adventures, a global leader in energetic adventure travel that runs 150 custom-created itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors that teach beginner- to advanced-degree courses Regarding a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that develop access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.