With three acquisitions under its belt, the woman-owned company is planning for the opening of its e-commerce fulfillment operation.
Over the past several months, Symbia has closed on three acquisitions — Mountain States Logistics, Innovative Fulfillment Solutions and Nevada Distribution Services — and is preparing for the January grand opening of its state-of-the-art e-commerce fulfillment operation in Aurora, Colo.
“The broad range of services our combined operations can now provide gives us a unique edge over our competition,” says Symbia CEO Megan Smith. “That means manufacturers and retailers coast to coast can rely on our extensive capabilities, whether they are a business-to-business entity or a business-to-consumer operation.”
Symbia’s first acquisition in April was Mountain States Logistics (MSL) in Denver. With its location on a rail line, MSL customers have access to mass distribution and economical rail-to-truck services. MSL offers customized solutions and personalized service to manufacturers of more industrial types of goods. MSL’s founding partner, Rusty Walker, now serves as Symbia’s director of rail service operations.
Symbia then acquired Innovative Fulfillment Solutions (IFS), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Founded in 1998, IFS pioneered third-party fulfillment services to e-commerce companies, serving customers worldwide.
The third acquisition, Nevada Distribution Services (NDS), provides supply chain, warehousing and logistics management solutions to both B2B and B2C marketers. Based in Reno, Nev., NDS serves as a forwarding agent for some international clients, routing cargo efficiently, safely and swiftly through a maze of regulations and U.S. and foreign customs.
“When you consider our expanded capabilities as a result of these three transactions, add in the high-tech solutions in our Aurora facility and combine that with our plans to continue growing through strategic acquisitions, the future for Symbia is extremely exciting,” Smith said.
“We have become a major 3PL player for companies looking for the broad capabilities of Amazon but with the high-touch customer service that only a family-owned business can provide.”