Fiege and Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof model Unna into a logistics hub for hardware

Karstadt Kaufhof and Fiege joint venture
Feierten den Betriebsübergang in Unna: Dr. Stephan Fanderl (Geschäftsführer Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof, 5.v.r.), Jens Fiege (4.v.l.), Felix Fiege (beide Vorstandsvorsitzende, 3.v.r.), (v.l.) Norbert Ulbrich (Betriebsrat Fiege Unna), Herbert Stommel (Niederlassungsleitung Fiege Unna), Reinhard Haas (Leiter Logistik und Immobilien Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof), Dr. Stefan Thies (Vorstand Fiege), Hendric Fiege (Geschäftsführer Fiege X Log), Walter Johne (Managing Director Fiege Omnichannel Retail), Michael Artinger (Niederlassungsleitung Fiege Unna), Werner Linnemann (Geschäftsführer Fiege X Log), Martin Schacht (Niederlassungsleitung Fiege Unna)

Over 200 new jobs will be created

Unna, 5 February 2020. Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof and Fiege took over the hub with its 275,000 square metres of warehouse space and its headcount of 1,400 employees on 1 February. Until recently, a third party had been managing the warehouse for the department store. All employees were taken over under the business transfer agreement.

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof and Fiege are modelling Unna into a logistics hub for hardware and are adapting volumes and process flows to accommodate a substantial increase in department store transactions and rise in e-tailing operations following the merger between Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt. For this reason, 200 new employees will be engaged by the end of the year. The site in Unna will supply Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof branches predominantly with sports articles, stationery, toys and household appliances.

“The facility in Unna is growing. We will soon be handling even larger volumes here which is why we will continue to strengthen the team”, Jens Fiege, Chief Executive of Fiege, announced on the occasion of celebrating the business transfer. “Unna is the largest location in our supply chain network and we are thrilled to continue to prove our loyalty together with our employees on this exciting path towards a successful future.”

About the Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof and Fiege joint venture:

The joint venture between Fiege and Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof facilitates the return of the operational responsibility for logistics and tailored solutions for the department store’s growing business. Unna is the second location to be transferred over to Fiege and Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof. The Essen-Vogelheim facility is being overseen by the department store and its logistics partner since December of last year already. More sites will follow this year.

About FIEGE

The FIEGE Group, headquartered in Greven in Westphalia (Germany), is one of Europe’s most innovative logistics companies. A workforce of over 23,000 employed at 133 locations based in 16 countries back FIEGE and its international operations in core markets across all of Europe, and all the way to Asia. FIEGE is a fifth-generation family business that is regarded as a pioneer of contract logistics. Its modular solutions in Logistics, Digital Services, Real Estate and Ventures form the essence of its business activities. In 2021, the FIEGE Group generated 1.8 billion euros in turnover while overseeing more than four million square metres of logistics space.