Printful continues to expand in Europe, signing leases for two more fulfillment centers in Wolverhampton, U.K., and in Lodz, Poland. The facilities together will cost $5 million and will add around 200,000 square feet of fulfillment space and create more than 100 new jobs during the first year of operations.
So far, Printful runs its operations in eight in-house facilities around the world, and three of them are in Europe: two in Latvia and one in Spain. The company has grown to a team of more than 700 employees in Europe and more than 1,800 people globally. With the increasing demand for ecommerce and Printful fulfillment services, the company is able to continue executing its global expansion strategy by adding two more European facilities.
“We chose the UK as our next location because it’s the largest eCommerce market in Europe,” says Davis Siksnans, CEO and co-founder, Printful. “Printful has a loyal and growing base of customers in the UK who have anticipated our UK expansion for a while and we’re thrilled to finally do it. Additionally, it will allow us to significantly shorten shipping times within the UK, making it easy to reach many new customers.”
The company is set to initially invest over $3 million (£2.6 million) in the U.K. fulfillment center. This facility will start by providing services such as DTG (direct-to-garment), embroidery, and printing for home and living items, eventually adding other fulfillment options. Delivery within the country will take around 2 business days.
Additionally, the new facility in Lodz, Poland will improve service speeds and allow Printful to continue expanding in European markets.
“Poland has increased their fashion and garment export by 104% over the last 10 years, so to keep up with the increasing demand for cut & sew services, we chose Poland as our next location. Considering that Lodz is historically recognized for its well-developed textile and garment industry, our decision was based on workforce availability and market opportunity,” explains Siksnans.
The company is planning on initially investing over $2 million (7 million zlotych) in the Poland facility over the next few years. This facility will mainly focus on cut-and-sew services, but will also add DTG and embroidery. Delivery within Poland will take 1–2 business days and only 2 business days to Germany, one of Printful’s key European markets.
The company is actively hiring and it is estimated that the new fulfillment centers will be operational by the end of this year.