SEKO Logistics has opened a global gateway in Chicago, marking the latest stage of its transition to a period of acquisition growth as it grows and differentiates its service offering in the international 3PL market.

Tripling the size of SEKO’s Chicago hub follows its acquisition in January this year of GoodShip International, the Chicago-headquartered customs broker and freight forwarder. This move, which also followed the purchase of a majority shareholding in SEKO partner Omni-Channel Logistics, is indicative of SEKO’s strategy to work with the right types of strategic partners and to undertake acquisitions which enhance its technology, network and capabilities. The new SEKO Chicago facility will be a cross border e-commerce parcel processing hub for its growing international, domestic and returns parcel solutions.

Consolidating its Chicago operation into a major new facility is in anticipation of a three-fold growth in business in the region in 2019 and should future-proof SEKO’s operations in the Midwest. The 103,000 square foot facility combines 17 dock and ramp doors and a five storey pallet racking storage system. CTPAT and Indirect Air Carrier certified, the warehouse is fully secured with electronic entry and hi-res security monitoring cameras covering the exterior and interior of the property. All-electric equipment inside the building also ensures its optimum environmental efficiency. The facility will include both a clean room for medical devices and a temperature control section to enhance its White Glove and Omni-Channel Logistics capabilities as well.