An announcement of new DC plans for Toll Group has unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art retail distribution centre in collaboration with apparel retailer, Specialty Fashion Group. The 32,000 m2 distribution centre will be built by LOGOS Group Australia at the Prestons Logistics Estate, Sydney.
According to the Toll statement, the new facility will be fitted with advanced automation technologies to enable fast and efficient distribution to customers, the facility will be one of the first in Australia specifically designed to cater for the growing retail eCommerce market.
Toll said it has worked closely with Specialty Fashion Group to design a distribution centre to meet the demands of the retailer’s recent growth, and support its continual focus on improving omni-channel delivery including online and ‘click and collect’ ordering.
In a ground breaking ceremony at the site Toll’s Managing Director, Brian Kruger, and Specialty Fashion Group CEO, Gary Perlstein, turned soil to mark the start of construction.
“We are excited to announce our plans for this innovative distribution centre, an Australian first in automation for eCommerce processing and distribution,” said Kruger. “Our aim at Toll is to connect people and products, and we look forward to working with Specialty Fashion Group to enable a fast, efficient and cost effective supply chain for its customers.”
Toll has designed the facility to include several leading automation technologies including a multi-shuttle tote storage system, goods-to-person pick stations, automated and ergonomic eCommerce processing stations, automatic carton optimisation machines and a tier one warehouse management system.
These technologies will enable the site to manage high volumes efficiently and quickly, despatching products for faster delivery and reducing overall costs per unit.
“Currently, Specialty Fashion Group sells a garment a second in Australia,” said Perlstein. “We have worked with Toll to create a supply chain solution that enables our omni-channel strategy across all brands for a streamlined and memorable customer experience.”
The facility will employ around 120 warehouse operators and is expected to despatch more than 90 million units annually. Construction is expected to be completed in October 2017.