Efficient logistics and supply chain
Clas Ohlson does not conduct any manufacturing, instead, we sweep the market to find the best offerings based on the needs of our customers. The product range is continuously renewed. Clas Ohlson place high demand on function, price, quality and sustainability throughout the value chain.
Clas Ohlson purchases products from hundreds suppliers in more than 30 countries The product range includes nearly 15,000 articles and approximately 2,000 are changed every year. Everything passes our major distribution centre in Insjön, Sweden, where products are repackaged and dispatched to our stores in, or directly to customers. Logistics are at the heart of the Clas Ohlson brand.
Customers’ needs are our starting point
When we select new products, we examine function, price, quality and sustainability performance. Consumers demand to a greater extent products that are sustainable throughout their lifecycle and products that contribute to a sustainable everyday lifestyle.
Close cooperation with suppliers
Close and long-term cooperation with both suppliers and manufacturers will reduce our purchasing costs and enable us to exert more influence over product design and quality. This will also facilitate monitoring our Code of Conduct.
Approximately 65 per cent of our products are manufactured in Asia. Clas Ohlson has proprietary purchasing offices in China and cooperates with agents who contribute valuable experience and access to a major contact network.
Increased presence in Asia, primarily in China, our largest purchasing market, generates increased opportunities to find smart and affordable products and provides us with the opportunity to exert control and influence on social and environmental conditions.
Higher efficiency in logistics
A sustainable flow of goods, with efficient logistics and low environmental impact, is one of Clas Ohlson’s most important success factors.
The distribution centre in Insjön is the logistics hub for the entire Group, through which nearly all products pass on route to our stores and our customers who shopped via the telephone, catalogue or online. The turnover rate is high. Orders from stores occur automatically when an article reaches its re-order point, and products reach stores in one to three days. Every day, approximately 1,000 pallets are delivered to stores and 800 deliveries are made directly to customers.
We re-direct our transports to more environment-friendly transport methods to reduce Clas Ohlson’s emission of CO2, from air to sea and from road to rail. Clas Ohlson’s overall environmental objective is to reduce the relative emissions of CO2 by 30 per cent during the 2007-2020 period.
All goods arriving from Asia to Gothenburg by sea are transported by rail to Insjön. Goods from European suppliers are transported by truck, but collectively loaded to increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact.
In recent years, large parts of the outward deliveries from Insjön to stores have been relocated from trucks to rail in our strive to further reduce CO2 emissions.