Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Metcash drives growth with automated order fulfilment at new DC

Metcash will integrate a Dematic goods-to-person (GTP) order fulfilment solution within its new Melbourne distribution centre (DC).

The new 115,000sqm DC, located in Truganina, will service grocery, perishable, liquor, and convenience customers in Victoria from a single facility. This facility replaces Metcash’s ageing facility at Laverton.

“The new DC and state offices will ensure a strong future for Metcash in the state of Victoria and is a reflection of our commitment to the independent retail network we serve,” says Metcash Food Head of Logistics Chris Purcell. “This investment also underpins our commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable work environment for our people and operating the most efficient routes to market for our supplier partners.”

The new Dematic GTP solution will streamline operations for Metcash’s split case pick, NDC, and liquor bottle pick, delivering improved productivity, improved ergonomics, faster order fulfilment, and reduced manual handling. The solution has been designed with additional room for volume expansion in line with Metcash’s future growth.

“Acting as a high-density, automated storage and retrieval system, the Dematic solution will fit within the set footprint provided and offer scalable tote storage and high sequenced order picking delivering very high productivity,” says Dematic Business Development Manager Terry Jamieson. “The solution will support Metcash in its bid to drive operational efficiencies, achieve the best use of available space, and meet very specific despatch windows.”

The new Metcash Truganina facility is due for completion in late 2024.

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