TNT opens Queensland freight depot
A surge in mining activity and online retail sales promps TNT Express to open a new freight facility at Eagle Farm in Brisbane
December 12, 2012
A surge in mining activity and online retail sales has prompted TNT Express to open a new freight facility at Eagle Farm in Brisbane.
The 5000 square metre depot has a fully automated parcel sortation system with the capacity to scan and sort 3500 parcels an hour.
The state-of-the-art system sorts domestic and international freight, and is the second Trisort SDX Shoe Sorter to be installed in Australia.
TNT Express Australia Managing Director Bob Black says new Brisbane depot was constructed to support the growing demand for
freight movement in Queensland.
"Prior to opening TNT Express Brisbane North, the smaller depots’ capacities were often exceeded," Black says.
"We attribute the significant increase in freight passing through our depot to Australia’s current economic drivers, which we view as the mining and online retail industries."
Black says TNT has also noticed a particular surge in international and priority freight heading to Papua New Guinea.
He says as the trend for purchasing online continues to grow exponentially, the new Brisbane North depot demonstrates TNT Express’ long-term commitment to Brisbane and Queensland as a whole.
"TNT Express is the preferred delivery service for a number of high profile retailers, including multinational electrical goods companies," Black says.
The new Brisbane depot has a fleet of over 50 vehicles and 185 operations and customer service staff, the latter working from the facility’s two-storey, 730 square metre
Specifically designed to reduce power use, water consumption and waste disposal requirements, the facility has sub-metered air conditioning and translucent roof sheeting for each bay in the warehouse to reduce the need for electric lighting.
The advanced air-conditioning system monitors CO2 levels, providing additional fresh air to heavily occupied rooms.
The system also gauges whether outside air temperature and humidity is within the right range to allow the building to be cooled using natural air only.
In addition the depot uses green certified products, recycled materials for fill, native plants for landscaping, and was built from 80 percent recycled construction materials.