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Kent Bicycles roll into Savannah
Kent Bicycles has rolled into Savannah in a big way, with plans to move more than a million units a year through the deepwater port.
“We have been warehousing solely in Los Angeles and were looking for a strategic location for our second distribution point, and Savannah worked out with the best metrics,” said Arnold Kamler, CEO of Kent International.
Kamler said the company will move about 1.3 million bicycles per year through its Savannah distribution center, equating to about 7,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) annually.
“Kent’s decision to locate its East Coast distribution center in Savannah will provide cost-effective and reliable access to 44 percent of the U.S. population,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz.
Kent has contracted with third-party logistics provider Schneider Port Logistics, with warehousing space flexing to accommodate the number of units on site.
“This new hub in our distribution network will serve the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and the Southwest as far as Texas,” Kamler said.
Dan Flaherty, vice president and general manager at Schneider Port Logistics, said Kent’s East Coast distribution center will place their products closer to a rapidly growing regional market, and provide more economical reach into the hinterlands.
“Importing into the Port of Savannah and warehousing right outside of it provides Kent advantages on transportation costs as well as speed to their key markets North and South,” Flaherty said.
Schneider is serving Kent from its 840,000 square-foot, 140-door Grange Road campus, which is half a mile from the Port of Savannah’s main gate, seven miles from Interstate 95, and six miles from I-16.
“Our new Savannah distribution center, with its strategic location and flexible warehouse space, directly aligns with our commitment to fast, efficient service to our customers and retail partners,” Kamler said.
Kent bicycles are sold by major retailers including Target, Walmart and Toys R Us, as well as online outlets such as Amazon.com.
GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson said when companies like Kent decide to distribute goods from Georgia, it supports jobs in the logistics industry and beyond – but it also makes good business sense for the company.
“The Port of Savannah’s location as the most westerly of the Atlantic Coast ports makes it the gateway of choice for markets such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville, Charlotte and beyond,” Jepson said.
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