Gan, August 21 (TASR) – Tesco opened its third-largest logistics centre in the world and its largest in central Europe in the village of Gan near Galanta (Trnava region) on Monday, TASR learnt on the same day.
The distribution centre, which covers 146,500 square metres, will provide jobs to 1,200 people.
“We’ve been here for a long time, and we link our future to Slovakia,” said Tesco Central Europe chief executive Matt Simister in response to recent speculation that Tesco might leave Slovakia.
“We’ve already managed to fill all posts, with all the staff being Slovaks, coming from nearby areas and also from other regions of not only western, but also central and eastern Slovakia. We want to continue growing in the future. At the moment we have a total of 4,000 employees in Slovakia. We’re continuing a successful partnership with Tesco at the new distribution centre in Gan/Galanta,” said Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain for Mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa.
According to de Bok, it wasn’t easy to find enough staff in Galanta district, which has the lowest unemployment rate in Slovakia (2.37 percent). DHL offers similar salaries to Amazon at its logistics centre in nearby Sered, said de Bok.
The new logistics centre will deal with the distribution of durable food, cosmetics, electronics and clothing to Tesco’s outlets in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. As for clothing, it will also be distributed to locations as far as away as the United States, Germany and Saudi Arabia, for example.