XTL opens its first distribution center in Alberta

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XTL Transport opened a brand new 197,000 sq.-ft. distribution and logistics middle in Calgary Sept. 22, the corporate’s first in Alberta.

The brand new Calgary location offers a strategic location that may decrease distribution prices to main cities in North America, expands XTL’s footprint in Western Canada and offers a perfect location for its U.S. operation.

XTL Transport COO Craig Germain addresses attendees on the opening of the distribution middle in Calgary, AB. (Photograph: Derek Clouthier)

“This chance took place from us outgrowing our present facility in Airdrie, Alta., for transport logistics, and our dedication to having a distribution companies providing in Alberta earlier than 2024,” mentioned Craig Germain, COO of XTL. “Let’s simply say we determined to advance that dedication to this yr, as we felt the time was proper to broaden our distribution footprint, open our new logistics workplace, and supply a safe yard facility for our new U.S. cross-border operation and gear.”

With a warehouse facility in Delta, B.C., and transportation operations in Surrey, B.C., and Airdrie, Luc Francoeur, vice-president of gross sales and advertising and marketing, says XTL lengthy had a imaginative and prescient to be within the 4 main Canadian facilities – Toronto, Montreal, B.C., and Calgary.

“Possession and senior administration challenged us for what we should always do in Alberta, and I felt it was the precise time to open a distribution middle,” Francoeur mentioned. “It’s been a part of our imaginative and prescient to develop our footprint in Western Canada. We by no means managed transportation cross-border from Western Canada, now we’re managing extra into California and the Midwest from right here, so we’ve added gear and we mentioned, let’s put in a distribution middle that may proceed to assist our logistics, trans-management, and our transportation operations.”

Francoeur has been with XTL for 28 years, and says clients have been searching for the availability chain firm to have extra of a “nationwide presence,” which meant a Western Canadian growth.

“Whenever you take a look at the price of what’s happening in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, we felt it was the precise alternative right now from a price perspective, and from a development perspective to return to Calgary,” he mentioned. “It’s a fantastic hub for distribution…and there’s tons of alternatives to develop right here.”

XTL's Calgary DC
(Photograph: Derek Clouthier)

XTL’s logistics and U.S. operations will transfer from its transportation middle in Airdrie to the brand new facility in Calgary. A lot of the product on the Calgary facility might be distributed to Costco, Walmart, Sobeys and different main retailers.

XTL’s Airdrie location was initially designed for the corporate’s Costco operation, and can proceed to handle all of the distribution to the most important retailer’s Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba areas. Together with rising its logistics, trans-management, and U.S. operation, the Calgary facility will handle about 80% of all inbound product coming into the power, in addition to outbound, including worth to XTL’s transportation operation.

“Despite the fact that we’re all below the identical umbrella, it’s two distinct operations,” Francoeur mentioned of the 2 Alberta areas.

XTL additionally expanded its asset-based refrigerated transport and dry van trucking operations in Alberta and B.C. this previous January, additional rising its presence in Western Canada.

“We realized within the final a number of years that our infrastructure is bigger within the east, and we wish to have the identical in Western Canada,” mentioned Francoeur.

The corporate has roughly 400 tractors in its fleet, with about 40% in Western Canada.

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