Rautakesko and Itella Logistics have signed a transport agreement on warehouse distributions in Finland


Rautakesko and Itella Logistics have made a transport agreement concerning warehouse distributions to Rautakesko's customers in Finland. Thanks to the new agreement, Itella is now Rautakesko's warehousing and transportation partner which applies the same goods warehousing and distribution methods in all the countries where Rautakesko operates.

The agreement covers the warehouse distributions in Finland to K-rauta, Rautia and K-maatalous stores and to K-customer contract stores. Warehouse distribution mainly comprises own imports and terminal flow goods. Annually, Rautakesko has some 24,000 customer deliveries, in which a total of 130,000 tons of building and home improvement goods are transported.

"The transport agreement that covers our entire operating area provides us with simpler, more streamlined and more efficient logistics processes and responsibilities," says Olli Salmivaara, Rautakesko's Logistics Director.

"We are happy to expand our cooperation with this transport agreement. Itella Logistics is one of the leading suppliers of logistics services in the Nordic countries and Russia. We can offer Rautakesko a cost-efficient total service package in logistics," tells Jarmo Halonen, Country Director at Itella Logistics Finland.

Itella Logistics has been responsible for Rautakesko's warehousing services in Finland since 2002. In March 2008, Rautakesko selected Itella Logistics as its international logistics partner. The agreement covers the warehousing, terminal operations and store distribution of building and home improvement products. The cooperation agreement made then expanded operations to Norway and Sweden, and later to Rautakesko's other operating countries in the Baltics and Russia.

For further information:
Rautakesko, Logistics Director Olli Salmivaara, tel. +358 50 306 4130
Itella Logistics Finland, Director Jarmo Halonen, tel. +358 40 900 6466

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Itella Logistics, part of Itella Group, supports and develops its customers' business operations by providing freight and forwarding, transport and delivery, and warehousing services as well as comprehensive contract logistics solutions. In 2009, Itella Logistics' net sales amounted to EUR 714 million, and the company employs nearly 10,000 staff in eight countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia). www.itella.com/logistics                  

Rautakesko (www.rautakesko.com) is engaged in the building, home improvement and agricultural trade through the K-rauta, Rautia, Byggmakker, Senukai, OMA and K-maatalous retail chains. Rautakesko manages its chains, combines their purchasing power, arranges efficient logistics, acquires store sites and guarantees strong marketing and development support to the stores. Rautakesko operates in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.