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Woolworths streamlines supply chain with $560M facility

  • Posted on Tuesday 15th, October 2019.

Supermarket company, Woolworths, is leasing a new 70,000-square-metre distribution centre in Truganina, Victoria, which leverages picking and packing technology designed to efficiently load trucks for store deliveries.

The facility, valued at $560 million, is positioned on a 15.9 hectare site owned by Charter Hall and is reported to be in continuous operation.

The 45-metre-high bay has a capacity for 60,000 pallets and is fully automated.

Pick and packing technology and innovative IT applications allow the distribution centre to monitor and replenish stock levels of individual stores automatically.

Installation of innovative IT applications connecting the distribution centre directly with in-store point of sale software, means stock orders are automatically tailored to the specific needs of individual stores. Picking and packing technology allow for cartons and pallets to be loaded onto trucks in the correct sequence required in-store.

With multi-story racking systems, robotics technology, 14 kilometres of high-speed conveyors and sorting systems, the distribution centre provides Woolworths with the capacity to sort and distribute stock at far greater levels of accuracy and at a pace not yet available in traditional warehousing operations.

The facility also houses the largest solar panel installation on an industrial building in Australia, with more than 3,800 solar panels installed on the rooftop.

The solar panels will reportedly save 1,400MWh of electricity each year, providing 20 per cent of the facility’s power needs.

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