Tesco opens its biggest distribution centre in central Europe near Galanta

It supplies not only central Europe but twenty more countries.

(Source: Henrich Mišovič, TASR)

The retail chain Tesco opened its the third-largest logistics centre in the world and its largest in central Europe at the logistics park in the village of Gáň near Galanta (Trnava Region) on August 21. The distribution centre, which spreads over 146,500 square metres, will provide jobs for 1,200 people.

"We've been here for a long time, and we have linked our future with Slovakia," said Tesco Central Europe chief executive Matt Simister in response to the recent speculation that Tesco might leave Slovakia, as cited by the TASR newswire.

Tesco opened the distribution centre in cooperation with partners Prologis and DHL.

"We've already managed to fill all the posts, with all the staff being Slovaks, coming from nearby areas and also from other regions of not only western, but also central and eastern Slovakia," said Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain for Mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We want to continue growing in the future. At the moment we have a total of 4,000 employees in Slovakia. We're continuing a successful partnership with Tesco at the new distribution centre in Gáň."

De Bok specified that it was not easy to find enough staff in the Galanta district, which has the lowest unemployment rate in Slovakia (2.37 percent). DHL offers similar salaries to Amazon at its logistics centre in nearby Sereď, said de Bok.

The new logistics centre will deal with the distribution of durable food, cosmetics, electronics and clothing to Tesco's outlets in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. As for clothing, it will also be distributed to locations as far as away as the United States, Germany and Saudi Arabia, for example.

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The new centre is located in Prologis park, one of the biggest logistic parks in Slovakia. Tesco has three halls here, the newest and biggest one has an area of 55,000 square metres.

The village of Gáň will also make a profit from the logistic park.

“Since the start of construction works, there has been a big contribution thanks to the income from taxes and low unemployment,” said mayor Denisa Ivančíková as cited by the SITA newswire. There are about 800 people living in the village and only about 10 of them are unemployed, according to the mayor.

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