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Lidl US Named The Port of Virginia’s Shipper of the Year for 2017
Expanding Grocer Helping to Propel Growth of Richmond Express Barge Service
Norfolk, VA – The Port of Virginia® is proud to announce that Lidl, a successful global grocer that selected Virginia as home to its U.S. headquarters and first American stores, is the recipient of the 2017 Shipper of the Year award.
This annual award, which is presented by the port at the Virginia Maritime Association International Trade Symposium, recognizes an exceptional shipper that has collaborated with the port to make it better for all users. The award was presented today to Lidl US Vice President of Purchasing Louisa Hart by Thomas D. Capozzi, The Port of Virginia’s chief sales officer.
Lidl first began using The Port of Virginia in 2016, and has steadily increased its use as the company has expanded its U.S. store network and operations, which now includes more than 50 stores along the East Coast.
In particular, Lidl’s use of the Richmond Express barge service has been a factor in the growth at Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT). The thrice-weekly barge service is a seamless link between port’s container terminals in the Norfolk Harbor and RMT, which is 90 miles upriver.
“Lidl is leveraging the service, reliability and strategic location of The Port of Virginia, namely the Richmond Express barge and RMT, to ensure a steady flow of product to its distribution center,” Capozzi said. “Our port is a critical component in Lidl’s supply chain and the company’s confidence in us to safely and efficiently handle their cargo is truly appreciated. Lidl is growing and the port is a beneficiary partner.”
“Lidl is honored to be recognized today by The Port of Virginia as the Shipper of the Year,” Hart said. “Lidl is proud to offer our customers a best-of-both-worlds approach to grocery that includes high quality U.S.-sourced products, as well as authentic specialty items from Europe. The strong partnerships we have developed in Virginia have been key elements of our success. We are grateful for the growing partnership we have built with The Port of Virginia and the Richmond Marine Terminal.”
In June 2015, Lidl announced its expansion into the U.S with a $202 million initial investment commitment to Virginia, where Lidl chose to build its U.S. corporate headquarters and first regional distribution center. Lidl celebrated the grand opening of its first U.S. stores in June 2017, and today operates more than 20 stores in Virginia, where the company has surpassed its initial investment commitments and directly created more than 1,500 jobs.
About The Port of Virginia
The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VPA owns and through its private operating subsidiary, Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), operates four general cargo facilities Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County. The VPA leases Virginia International Gateway and Richmond Marine Terminal. Recent economic impact studies show that The Port of Virginia provides more than 530,000 jobs and generates $88.4 billion in total economic impact throughout the Commonwealth annually.