Arbonne International (Irvine, Calif.), a developer and distributor of Swiss-formulated skin care products, marked the opening of a state-of-the-art distribution center in Greenwood, Ind. The center will serve approximately two-thirds of the United States allowing 99% of orders to be delivered within three days.
"In 2005, Arbonne experienced unprecedented growth with a 164% increase in sales, creating the need for an additional distribution center," says Bob Henry, Arbonne chairman and CEO.
The new DC has 440 full-time employees working Monday through Saturday on two shifts. This number exceeds Arbonne's original projection for 300 employees by July.
The Greenwood Distribution Center is a 208,000-sq.-ft. complex. The facility will achieve a 100% accuracy rate for more than 35,000 daily shipments.
Carol Hukari, Senior Vice President of Operations says, "Arbonne has been experiencing explosive growth over the past several years. Our new facility is a critical addition to help us keep up with that growth and improve our ability to ship packages to consultants and their customers in a timely manner. This distribution center will help us provide targeted 3-day delivery, from time of shipment, to those in the Eastern half of the United States."
Richard Estalella, VP warehouse and distribution, who oversaw the design of the center, says, "Arbonne has made the investment to incorporate the latest technology for automated distribution. It's the next generation of distribution and warehousing. Our employees are an integral part of the solution to achieve faster turnaround times. Our existing Irvine facility has recently been expanded and reengineered, but Greenwood will represent a much larger operation serving approximately two-thirds of the United States."
CEO Bob Henry concurs, "I am confident the new Greenwood Distribution Center will greatly improve the timely delivery of the more than 350 products we represent." He adds, "Indiana has experienced explosive growth - we now average 1,000 new Arbonne consultants a month in the Hoosier state. That speaks volumes about Arbonne and our model for delivering high-quality skin care and wellness products."
Source: Arbonne International, LLC