- The distribution center, located in Guanajuato, generates 690 direct jobs and 530 indirect ones.
- Its expansion was possible thanks to a joint investment between Colgate-Palmolive, Solistica and OMEGA.
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. December 13, 2021. – Colgate-Palmolive, Solistica and OMEGA initiated a project to expand and operate the Colgate-Palmolive Distribution Center in San José Iturbide, Guanajuato, and make it the largest of the Colgate-Palmolive brand in the world. The center generates 690 direct jobs in warehouse and management operations, and around 530 jobs for 32 transportation companies that will cover the supply circuits.
Its construction was possible thanks to a joint investment of 500 million pesos, between Colgate-Palmolive, Solistica and OMEGA. 342 jobs were created by the companies that participated in the works during the 11 months that its construction lasted.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank COLGATE’s trust to continue growing together. It has been a relationship that we have been developing for some time, and together we have sought to create value. Achieving projects of this magnitude reinforces our commitment to our clients’ business, to understand their needs and not only meet them, but exceed them. This is how we are moving towards our vision of being the preferred 3PL partner in Latin America”, said Luis Eraña, CEO of Solistica.
It should be noted that the contract was signed for 5 years, an unusual period in the market, which shows the confidence that Colgate-Palmolive has in Solistica.
This warehouse has 100 thousand square meters with a storage capacity of more than 131 thousand pallet positions of product. It will ship 50% of Colgate’s volume in Mexico, which is roughly equivalent to moving 58 million boxes per year.
One of the characteristics of this center is its great operating capacity thanks to the use of double-deep racks that have a height of more than 10 meters, which allows working with 6 vertical storage levels. Likewise, it has an internal management area of 6 thousand square meters.
Likewise, it has state-of-the-art forklifts that are known for having a lithium battery that increases the time of use and eliminates additional processes, and a camera that allows greater precision when placing the pallets in the racks.
In terms of sustainability, it has electrical installations with LED lighting in energy-saving luminaires and a water treatment plant.
Additionally, this center has an internal promotion program for its employees, in order to recognize the great talent in their teams.
Solistica operates this warehouse under a dedicated scheme with exclusive resources for its operation, where 100% of the warehouse has Colgate-Palmolive products.
In Mexico, Solistica operates 16 warehouses in strategic locations that, alongside management and transportation services, boost its vision of being the preferred 3PL partner in Latin America, recognized for its regional expertise and innovative solutions and for consistently exceeding customer expectations.
On the other hand, the company is committed to the safety of its personnel, as well as the people and communities that surround it, so there is continuous work to ensure that the established safety guidelines are met in all its operations, since that they are the basis of the company’s work culture.
“This fantastic project exalts the name of our company, and with this it once again shows that together we build an unstoppable Colgate-Palmolive Mexico!” said Massimo Poli, Vice President and General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Mexico during the opening of the Center.
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