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January 26, 2018 3:00 PM, EST

Ceva Logistics to Operate New Ikea Warehouse Scheduled to Open Later This Year in N.Y.

Ikea has signed a lease on a 975,000-square-foot distribution center in Staten Island, N.Y., that will be operated by Ceva Logistics.

The furniture retailer will open the distribution center in late 2018, creating 200 jobs.

Ceva Logistics ranks No. 10 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America.

The two companies have a pre-existing relationship. Ceva operates warehouses for Ikea in the United Kingdom, according to a statement.

Ikea has a network of seven distribution centers feeding merchandise into 47 stores in the United States.

“As we expand across the country and grow our online presence, we want to ensure we have sufficient warehouse capacity to support the efficient and timely delivery and shipment of products to our customers,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea’s U.S. president. “Our goal is to increase accessibility to IKEA products, and a new fulfillment center in Staten Island will help us meet the home furnishing needs of our customers in the New York metropolitan area.”

The Staten Island location will be an fulfillment center, picking and packing online orders and large items purchased at Ikea stores. — Transport Topics