National Retail Systems Hosts Distinguished Guests to Open New Crossdock, Marking Another Milestone in Company’s Gateway Ports Strategy National Retail Systems Inc. (NRS), a provider of logistics services to America’s retailers, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to commemorate the official opening of its new crossdock facility in Pooler, Georgia, just three miles from the Port of Savannah.
Raymond Wisniewski, President and COO of NRS, welcomed distinguished guests from the local government, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), North Point Industrial developers and the Savannah community. Doug J. Marchand, GPA’s
Executive Director also gave welcoming remarks.
NRS’s new distribution facility is designed for high-speed, high-volume transload. The 176-door crossdock and special project warehouse stretches almost a quarter of a mile long on 52 acres. The building will be capable of processing several hundred thousand containers per year and will create approximately 200 jobs for the Savannah economy.
“As the fastest growing port in the United States, Savannah continues to drive economic growth in Georgia,” Marchand said. “The fact that NRS chose this location is further demonstration of Savannah’s strategic position in the import logistics plans of U.S. retailers.”
Savannah handled a record 2.6 million teus in 2007, according to GPA.
“As we look at the logistics challenges confronting the nation, one thing is clear: having access to distribution infrastructure will be critical for retailers,” Wisniewski said. “That’s why we embarked on our Gateway Ports Strategy in 2006 to ensure we have facilities near key gateways that can speed freight to stores. There is no doubt that Savannah is a key gateway and the importance of Savannah will only increase as the Panama Canal is widened next decade.”
“The benefits are clear,” Wisniewski said. “Having distribution facilities near the major gateways is more efficient, more environmentally sensitive and better for truck drivers.”
NRS will perform a full array of retail logistics services at the Pooler facility, including pier drayage, container transload, distribution center bypass, store delivery, nationwide truckload and special project retail services, such as ticketing, marking and labeling. The new facility will have the same cutting-edge security features and information technology systems covering yard management and import visibility that are installed across the entire NRS network.