Toll opens distribution centre in Prestons

Toll Group is working with Dematic to develop a distribution centre (DC) in Sydney, which is claimed to be be one of the first in Australia designed to cater for the growing eCommerce/fashion market.

The 32,000sq m is said to be state-of-the-art utilsing advanced automation technology will enable fast and efficient delivery for Australian retailers to stores and customers.

The new DC will include a number of Dematic automation solutions, including 24 RapidPICK Goods-to-Person (GTP) Pick Stations and 24 aisles of Dematic Multishuttle storing 150,000 totes, which will increase Toll’s eCommerce and omni-channel capabilities. The system will also include 32,000 pallet positions of ColbyRack selective and narrow aisle pallet and carton storage.

The facility will increase Toll’s eCommerce speed to market. Same day shipping will be supported by the capacity for 30 on-line processing stations, automated bagging and bag take-away machines, as well as ergonomic eCommerce processing stations.

Toll’s first customer at the new facility is Specialty Fashion Group, whose brands include Millers, Katies, Autograph, Crossroads, City Chic and Rivers Australia. The new DC will meet the demands of the retailer’s strong growth, and support its continual focus on improving omni-channel delivery, including online and ‘click and collect’ ordering. Apparel distribution innovations which will benefit Specialty Fashion Group include freight-efficient order finishing, where dispatch order cartons will be cut down to fill height with no air shipped in the cartons, Garment on Hanger (GOH) storage and picking, and the ability to batch pick full cases for loading into the dispatch sorter.

The DC, which will be located in Prestons Logistics Estate in Sydney’s south, 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.