Fisher & Paykel will officially open a new purpose-built distribution and training centre in Lytton, Queensland in August. It replaces the former DC located in nearby Cleveland.
The new location was chosen for its close proximity to the Port of Brisbane and key road networks that allow fast access to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, as well as close proximity to key customers.
Measuring 20,000 square metres, the new DC features world-class VLM spares storage and fulfilment automation technology, a functional Social Kitchen and training spaces, as well as click & collect and direct to consumer capabilities.
It boasts five-star green building standards including solar PV arrays, rainwater tanks, energy saving LED lighting and triple glazed windows to reduce consumption of energy drawn from the grid. The new location has also enabled a 90% reduction in container travel time and CO2 emissions from wharf to DC.
In addition, there is a fully electric forklift fleet, new security, monitoring and access control systems, as well as Haier MRV heating and cooling throughout the facility.
Fisher & Paykel general manager of operations Ben Sheehan told Appliance Retailer, “The new state-of-the-art distribution and training centre allows fast access to the Port of Brisbane, greater storage and distribution capacity and fulfilment technology that allows us to process inbound and outbound shipments more efficiently. It helps us serve our customers much faster and significantly reduces our carbon footprint, reflecting one of our core values of being sustainability minded in everything we do.”