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04 August 2019 Posted by 


Overhaul for supply chain management

SUPERMARKET giant Coles plans to open an automated ambient distribution centre at Kemps Creek within six years as part of its $950M supply chain modernisation project.

The new centre will replace distribution centres at Smeaton Grange and Eastern Creek. The centre will be a joint venture of Goodman and Brickworks Limited for a term of 20 years.

The company has signed contracts with Witron Australia , a subsidiary of a German-based company, a leader in building automated distribution facilities, to develop the Kemps Creek centre, and a similar one at Redbank, in south west Brisbane.

“With the signing of these important contracts, Coles is one step closer to implementing a key element of its supply chain modernisation strategy,” Coles, CEO, Steven Cain said.

“This will provide a safer working environment for our team members, lower supply chain costs, enhance our overall business competitiveness and make life easier for our customers by having the right offer in the right location.

”As competition heats up in the $500B food and grocery market, Coles has entered into a partnership with British online supermarket Ocado to build an automated warehouse for its home-delivery business to start operating in 2023.

In a cost-cutting move Coles has restructured its head office in Melbourne which will see 450 positions made redundant


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