Agility, a leading global logistics and warehousing provider, has leased warehouse space in the Agility Logistics Park (ALP) in Abidjan to CDCI, Cote D’Ivoire’s top retailer, for a new nationwide warehousing and distribution centre.
CDCI, which operates supermarkets in Cote D’Ivoire, will use the ALP facility as a central distribution centre to hold stock and distribute a wide range of food and non-food consumer products to support its retail operations across Cote D’Ivoire.
CDCI chose to lease at the Agility Logistics Park because of it offers secure, international-standard warehousing and facilities and services available to support CDCI’s expanding business across the country.
The Agility Logistics Park location, on the main highway between Abidjan and Yamoussoukro at PK24, was also a key consideration for CDCI. The location provides the ideal geographic centre for supporting CDCI’s Abidjan stores as well as its network of stores across the country.
Hicham Kitane, CDCI Supply Chain Head, said: “A resilient, secure and efficient distribution network is fundamental to our business model. By choosing the Agility Logistics Park, CDCI has addressed one of the biggest constraints to companies doing business in West Africa – the lack of high standard logistic infrastructure. This project is one of the key milestones in our new supply chain strategy, which will support our business steady growth.”
Kitane said CDCI was also attracted to the ALP facility because it meets international environmental standards and features eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy- efficient roof and side insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered streetlights. The ALP recycles paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.
The Agility Logistics Park in Abidjan is part of a network of international-standard logistics parks that Agility is funding and developing across key markets in Africa to support the development of domestic and regional trade.
Geoffrey White, CEO Agility Africa, said, “We believe that the provision of international-standard warehouses in Africa for storage, distribution and light manufacturing is one of the fundamental building blocks necessary for economic growth. The Agility Logistics Parks enable companies, whether multinationals such as CDCI, or small and medium enterprises, to access quality infrastructure easily, quickly and cost effectively.”