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14 February 2019 Posted by 

TECH TO HANDLE 70 MILLION ITEMS

Retailers deliver faster to customers
RED DWYER
ADVANCED automation technology worth $50M is capable of handling 70 million items annually in a $160M state-of-the-art distribution centre in Prestons.
The Toll Group’s next-generation distribution centre in the Prestons Logistics Estate helps retailers deliver faster and more efficiently to their customers.
 
Chris Pearce, president, of Toll Global Logistics, said the current market was placing aggressive demands on retailers to provide fast fulfilment and delivery, without increasing costs.
 
“Toll’s investment in the new facility is helping our customers adapt to the new retail environment,” he said.
 
The 32,000-square-metre facility, one of the country’s most advanced e-commerce distribution centres, is capable of picking, processing and packing 375,000 items per day, shortening delivery times from days to hours.
 
The facility has been designed to be flexible so it can be scaled up based on seasonality, business growth, and new customers, and is also capable of 24/7 operations if necessary.
 
It would require 200 operations workers, technicians and engineers that would “boost the local western Sydney economy”.
 
The facility was constructed in collaboration with apparel retailer, Specialty Fashion Group, Toll’s anchor tenant at the new site. 
 
“We have a highly specialised supply chain, so we needed a customised solution that would meet our ongoing needs as a retailer,” said Alex Linton, the group’s GM Logistics.
 
The facility operates as a shared, multi-user facility, with capacity to support additional retailers and their supply chain operations. 
 
“Staying competitive in a rapidly-changing global market requires vision, determination and an appetite for change, and that’s what Toll’s new facility will provide,” said Melinda Pavey the Minster for Roads, Maritime and Freight. 
 
She said the new facility would provide a “great service” to Australian and international consumers. 


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