L'Oréal Canada expands distribution centre in Saint-Laurent
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L’Oréal Canada expands distribution centre in Saint-Laurent

07 Jun 2021 (Last Updated June 7th, 2021 17:21)

L'Oréal Canada prepared and shipped 1.25 million orders from its distribution centre last year.

L’Oréal Canada expands distribution centre in Saint-Laurent
Officials during the unveiling of the distribution centre. Credit: CNW Group / L’Oréal Canada.

Personal care company L’Oréal Canada has expanded its distribution centre in Saint-Laurent to help fulfil its business requirements and support its growth in the country.

The distribution centre has been expanded as part of the cosmetics giant’s continued investments in its Canadian facilities.

The company previously invested in its head office in downtown Montréal and a manufacturing plant in Ville Saint-Laurent.

Called Project PROGRESS, the expansion adds 20,000 pallets of storage capacity on a 95,000ft² area.

The high-density warehousing capacity is 57% higher than the previous density and will help the business to meet its 2030 targets.

Last year, L’Oréal Canada prepared and shipped 1.25 million orders from its distribution centre, with 815,000 of these being online orders. This represents a 90% growth in 12 months.

L’Oréal Canada president and CEO Frank Kollmar said: “This expansion allows us to modernise our processes and equipment in order to continue to support L’Oréal Canada’s growth, prepare for the addition of new brands and continue the operational excellence of our digital component, which is the major growth lever.”

L’Oréal Canada unveiled the newly expanded centre in the presence of its project partners, namely Investissement Québec, the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec and Montréal International.

The company also collaborated with various local companies, including DIVCO, GLS – Gestion Luciano Salvatore, Structurak, Toromont and Civelec Consultants.

Borough of Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa said: “Saint-Laurent is proud to welcome L’Oréal Canada’s PROGRESS project to its territory.

“The expansion and modernisation of the storage capacities of the only distribution centre in Canada for the world leader in cosmetics will make it possible to respond to the growth of online commerce, which has been further increased by the pandemic.”

Based in Montreal, L’Oréal Canada operates a portfolio of 36 brands and employs more than 1,450 people. It reported $1.18bn in sales last year.