XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of logistics services, and Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), which manages the Roma Fiumicino and Ciampino airport system, have launched the first logistics operation in Italy capable of managing the flow of goods as one seamless process: from consolidating inbound stock, to sorting, warehousing, picking and delivering to retail stores within the airport terminals.
This state-of-the-art project, which was successfully tested by XPO Logistics in the UK airports of Manchester and London Stansted, is in its start-up phase in Fiumicino. It is designed to simplify the management of logistics and reduce congestion within the airport areas, while maintaining high standards of security.
XPO Logistics has established a central warehouse at the airport that serves as a consolidation center and accommodates storage at different temperatures. Goods are screened in compliance with security regulations before being sorted for storage. XPO Logistics vehicles transport the goods from the warehouse to nine terminal access points where XPO Logistics personnel deliver the merchandise directly to stores within the terminals. An identical process is deployed in reverse order, should stores need to return merchandise to the warehouse. The flexibility of this solution ensures that retailers within the airport receive stock quickly according to their needs, as well as on pre-set schedules.
There are 27 XPO Logistics employees working in the airport area, including office staff, warehousing staff and drivers. This team services over 150 stores located in the airport, utilizing software developed by XPO Logistics specifically for this purpose. They manage the flows of a diverse range of goods, including food and beverage items, personal care products, toys, fashion, newspapers, electronics and more.
“We embraced the challenge and successfully developed an innovative process customized for the Italian airport system,” stated Ube Gaspari, managing director–supply chain of XPO Logistics in Italy. “Rome’s Fiumicino airport was an important demonstration of our expertise in last mile logistics, where it is critical to protect each retailer’s brand by ensuring that consumers receive merchandise in good condition. In these first few months of activity, we have already tripled the number of stores that have chosen XPO Logistics as their sole logistics provider.”