Bapcor bullish on Melbourne warehouse progress


The 50,000 sq m facility heralded as future boon for parts business

Bapcor bullish on Melbourne warehouse progress
Inside view of the big build

 

Aftermarket parts and accessories firm Bapcor’s huge Victorian distribution centre (DC) remains on track for scheduled initial operations by mid-2021, the company says in an update on the development.

The Bapcor Victorian Distribution Centre is located within ‘the largest business park in the Southern Hemisphere’, Melbourne Airport Business Park, and features almost 50,000 square metres of warehouse space.

The project has been in construction throughout 2020, continuing despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A dedicated project management team is conducting detailed systems testing processes and strategy planning to ensure the completely custom-designed facility is ready by mid-year.

The company, which has recently been aggressive on the truck parts acquisitions front, says all innovations and efficiencies relating to the new distribution centre are the result of customer feedback across all divisions, with the DC to be equipped with ‘world-leading supply chain systems’, focusing on safety and complete efficiency throughout its operations.


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"The new Bapcor Distribution Centre represents a major investment and vote of confidence in the future growth of Australia and the Asia Pacific’s automotive aftermarket industry," Bapcor CEO Darryl Abotomey says.

"Our new Victorian distribution centre will set entirely new benchmarks in automotive aftermarket supply chain efficiency and customer service excellence.

"These include the precise handling of an unsurpassed inventory range of more than 166,000 SKUs with the use of next level technology and process excellence utilising world leading warehousing systems."

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The statement outlines the company’s confidence in no uncertain terms, noting "this custom designed facility will set benchmarks of distribution speed and efficiency that are unparalleled in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry" via a "best of breed" supply chain process system that includes Schafer Goods to Person Technology and the latest specification Manhattan Warehouse Managing Systems.

It should deliver efficiency gains to Bapcor’s Trade, Specialist Wholesale and Retail business segments, the former two which service the trucking industry.

 

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