7R is introducing a new concept to the Polish warehousing market. The company is developing over a dozen Small Business Units scattered across the country, which will be a part of the 7R City Flex network. What makes this project different from other investments on the Polish market is that tenants will be able to sign one joint lease agreement which will cover several or, if needed, even over a dozen warehouses in different locations.
“We are the first property development company in Poland to introduce the idea of concluding one joint agreement for the lease of space in several locations. Tenants that decide to cooperate with us within the City Flex program will be sure to get the same high standard in respect of facilities and services, with country-wide service, and a 24/7 tech team. We are certain that this will help our partners save time. Based on the first reactions we got and agreements that we have concluded, we can already say that this was a great idea” said Bartłomiej Krawiecki, member of the management board of 7R SA.
The new 7R facilities are dedicated to any company that needs smaller warehouses located close to city centers. Apart from the possibility of signing a single lease agreement, excellent location is one of the most important characteristics distinguishing City Flex units. All warehouses will be located within the administrative borders of cities, but with convenient access for TIR trucks, and nearby commercial venues such as retail parks which can be easily reached by car or by public transport. This is a perfect solution for companies which would like to serve customers on site. 7R also plans to implement further improvements in this respect, one being a system allowing for a 24/7 collection of goods.
Central warehouses can also solve last-mile logistics problems encountered by more and more businesses, especially those that are competitive on the market because of their short delivery time.
“There has been a need on the market for smaller warehouse spaces located inside the administrative borders of cities for some time now, as companies want to distribute their goods quickly and efficiently. The dynamic growth of the e-commerce sector increases the demand for such properties even more” says Bartłomiej Krawiecki.
Facilities within the City Flex network are not designed like typical warehouses. The size of the buildings will range from 8,000 to 15,000 sq. m. The smallest available units will have an area of 900 sq. m. Depending on the needs of specific tenants, it will be possible to arrange servicing areas, commercial and exhibition spaces, office spaces, and other specific areas within the facilities. Small companies will be able to have all their necessary units under one roof: a warehouse, an office, a customer service point and a showroom.
Thanks to the multi-functionality of the area, the time that customers spend waiting for their order to arrive will be much shorter. For example, once an order is placed at an online store (handled by office workers), it will be forwarded to employees working just “next door” in the warehouse, and as soon as the product is available, the customer will be able to collect it on the same day at the customer service point, which is also located in the same unit. In the case of larger companies that own huge central warehouses outside of cities, City Flex facilities will be the final, but equally important, link in the supply chain. From these warehouses, couriers will depart to deliver parcels to end users. Therefore, they will have a shorter distance to cover and they will reach customers faster.
All City Flex warehouses will be developed in line with BREEAM requirements. The buildings are equipped with energy-saving LED lighting and additional row lighting in the docking area. Apart from the infrastructure necessary for quicker reloading and sorting of goods, the design of the buildings will also provide for mezzanines, among other solutions. The floor load-bearing capacity will be 5 t/sq. m. and the buildings’ clear height will be 10 m. The project developer will also secure fire safety by using a series of custom solutions. The buildings will have a high-rating of structural fire resistance of over 4,000 MJ/sq. m. Depending on the needs of specific tenants, it will be possible to equip the warehouses with loading docks and entrance gates from the ground level („0”).
During the first stage, in the next 18-24 months, 7R will develop from 10 to 14 City Flex units. The company’s objective is to have one in every former voivodeship capital.