American Eagle’s logistics arm Quiet Platforms will expand same-day and next-day service by accelerating openings of advanced fulfillment centers through a partnership with real estate brokerage JLL.
The facilities are optimized for e-commerce and are meant to increase delivery speed while keeping costs down, a spokesperson for Quiet Platforms told sister publication Supply Chain Dive in an email. The two companies are also pioneering a flexible rent model tied to revenue.
“We’re focused on rapidly expanding our nationwide network of fulfillment centers to help all of the retailers and brands in the Quiet Platforms network deliver excellent experiences to their end customers,” Shekar Natarajan, president of Quiet Platforms, said in a statement.
The companies plan to open multiple buildings in 2023, though the spokesperson declined to specify an exact number.
Quiet Platforms and JLL are developing a pay-per-use model designed to align the cost of ramping up a facility with revenue generated. By taking this approach, Quiet Platforms sees an opportunity to “better align financial flows with business flows,” the spokesperson said.
The agreement is American Eagle’s latest move to assemble a logistics powerhouse competitive with the likes of Amazon. As Quiet Platforms works to scale operations, it has signed on a slate of new customers and made investments in technology, transportation and fulfillment, COO Michael Rempell said in a Q3 earnings call.