Estée Lauder Lachen AG, a subsidiary of The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC), recently broke ground on a new distribution center in Galgenen, Switzerland. Dedicated to ELC’s Travel Retail channel, the state-of-the-art distribution center expands the company’s existing supply chain presence in Switzerland, “creating a modular distribution network built to react rapidly to the dynamic retail environment.”
Designed in partnership with New York-based architect and long-time collaborator of ELC, Richard Dattner, the three-story, 20,000-plus sq. meter facility features the latest in automated supply chain mechanics and will be ELC’s third wholly owned and operated distribution center in Switzerland. Intended as a complement to the company’s existing site in Lachen, the two distribution centers will work in partnership “to ensure an ease of scalability based on business demand.”
Over 300 guests including local authorities, representatives of ELC and employees joined the groundbreaking ceremony, celebrating the company’s long-term commitment to the region, which serves as the global distribution hub for their high growth Travel Retail channel. The Galgenen site is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, with the Lachen facility slated for a similar modular and automated upgrade following the completion of the Galgenen site.