American shoe manufacturer chooses the Dutch logistics hub of DistriPark Dordrecht for its largest European distribution center.
US-based shoe manufacturer Crocs is expanding its main European distribution center in the Dutch logistics sector. The globally known company recently broke ground for a 35,000 square meter distribution center at DistriPark Dordrecht, a new logistics business park in the Rotterdam – The Hague area. Expected to open in spring of 2021, the Dordrecht office will increase Crocs’ presence in the Netherlands, where the company has also located its European headquarters and marketing & sales operations.
Crocs decided to expand operations in the Netherlands to accommodate its growth plans for selling shoes, sandals and clogs across Europe. The company plans to use the new distribution center at DistriPark for storage for its online store, as well as for supplying store branches and handling returns.
“When we took a look around, Dordrecht turned out to be the best location for our company because of the good transport connections,” said Adrian Holloway, Crocs’ Senior Vice President and General Manager of the EMEA Region.
Hundreds of New Jobs
The arrival of Crocs will create approximately 200 to 350 new jobs in Dordrecht – ranked No. 12 in Logistiek’s 2020 Logistics Hotspot of the Year Election. With other companies like Dylan Steel Solutions also announcing their relocation to DistriPark, the Dutch logistics hub is expected to generate at least 1,400 jobs for Dordrecht and the surrounding Drechsteden region.
A Foothold in the Dutch Logistics Sector
By expanding to the energy-neutral DistriPark, Crocs joins a growing number of international companies that have invested distribution operations in the highly innovative and resilient Dutch logistics sector. The logistics business park’s strategic location between the Port of Rotterdam, Port of Moerdijk and other major seaports promises to attract even more companies. In addition, DistriPark offers access to the Netherlands’ top-notch road transport infrastructure via the A16 motorway.
“Certainly in today’s economically uncertain times, the speed of this development is a very positive signal. The fact that an appealing international name such as Crocs has opted for Dordrecht and the Drechtsteden region indicates that we have everything we need to meet the needs of logistics companies,” said Maarten Burggraaf, Alderman of Economic Affairs for Dordrecht.
Source: Logistiek (Dutch)
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