Opening of the new logistics and distribution center marked the 25th anniversary of RALU Logistika operations

ZAGREB, 6 October 2015 – Today, in a commercial zone Dragošička in Rugvica near Zagreb, RALU Logistics has officially opened a new logistics and distribution center, and thus confirmed its position as the leading independent supplier of integrated logistics services in Croatia and the region, marking the 25th anniversary of successful business.

The new center, which consists of the most modern warehouse covering an area of 11,500 m2 and supporting facilities for vehicle maintenance covering an area of 1,500 m2, provides the company with the state-of-the-art infrastructure for the delivery of the highest quality cold chain logistics services in Croatia and abroad. The investment worth more than HRK 150 million, fully financed by private capital, was presented to the business partners and local and state officials by the President of RALU Logistika’s Management Board, Zvonimir Šćurec, and the owner of RALU Logistika, Luka Rajić.

"The opening of a new logistics and distribution center represents a milestone in the development of RALU Logistika and a significant step towards the realization of our vision - to be the leading independent integrated cold chain logistics service provider in South-eastern Europe. Our continued effort to provide the best logistics solutions has been recognized far beyond the Croatian borders, as evident from the fact that more than 60 percent of the revenue is generated from foreign markets. Thanks to this unique facility that combines the latest technology we are able to provide every customer a superior logistics solution, and if we add to that the implemented quality systems and more than 350 dedicated and professional employees, it is clear that RALU Logistika is the right solution for those looking for a complete, high-quality and reliable logistics services", said Zvonimir Šćurec, President of RALU Logistika’s Management Board.

“RALU Logistika is a company with a clear vision backed by its employees, and we all share the same goals  - to continue building long-term sustainable and socially responsible company that will always put the satisfaction of its partners, clients and employees to the forefront, and will strive to be a synonym for reliability and quality. With this investment of over HRK 150 million, the total amount of my investment in RALU Logistika exceeds HRK 400 million, and the diligence and hard work that our employees demonstrate on a daily basis is the best indicator of the justifiability of the investment. I take this opportunity to thank them all for being the best ambassadors of our brand and the most important link in the chain of success that has been achieved over the past 25 years, and I believe will last for all the years ahead. I am proud and happy that my previous investment in RALU Logistika created an opportunity to hire more than 550 employees, and I am confident that RALU Logistika will continue to be a successful and recognizable company. I look forward to the new challenges that await us", said Luka Rajić, owner of RALU Logistika.

The construction of the company’s logistics and distribution center began in October 2014 and the center has started operating in July this year. It consists of a state-of-the-art temperature-controlled warehouse (-25 - 25°C) covering an area of 11,500 m2 for storing frozen and fresh goods, and ancillary facilities for the maintenance of vehicles covering an area of 1,500 m2. The warehouse has a capacity of over 10,000 pallets and includes 16 loading and unloading dock ramps and cross-docking point exceeding 3,000 m2. Supporting transport infrastructure consists of the internal servicing area and a truck wash station, refuelling station and a parking lot for transport and distribution trucks from the fleet of more than 170 modern refrigerated trucks, of which over 50 percent is not older than one year.

The new RALU Logistika’s center will add 200 new jobs to the existing 350, and provide new additional services, such as promotional packaging of products, packing more products in foil, cardboard and tin containers, weighing of uneven products and putting labels with prices and weight for specific customers, customs and excise warehouse services, and many others. The center uses advanced warehouse management technology, SAP WMS (Warehouse Management System), and a pick-by-voice system, which enables high productivity and meeting the requirements of the largest customers from Croatia and abroad. The modern decoration of the entire complex has been supplemented by installing the most modern refrigeration units of the world's eminent manufacturers. The new center greatly facilitates the business of the company, given the fact that it concentrates all activities and functions that were previously performed in several locations.

The service quality is also guaranteed by the implementation of quality certificates where RALU Logistika is the first company in the field of transport in Croatia, which has aligned its operations and the quality control and food safety system with the international standards, ISO 9001 and HACCP. Moreover, it is the first company in the logistics sector in Croatia that has been granted the coveted IFS Logistics certification, which includes all the components essential for the client, such as the work quality level and detailed control of all processes, particularly those related to food safety. As one of the seven members of the PLAN Europe association (Pharma Logistics Alliance Network Europe), RALU Logistika provides complete logistic support to the pharmaceutical industry in the region of South East Europe in line with the latest GDP Pharma standards.

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10/6/2015


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