Bapcor builds new distribution centre in Brisbane

Automotive aftermarket specialist Bapcor announced the construction of a new centralised distribution centre (DC) in Brisbane.

The 41,580 square metre DC is located in the Brisbane suburb of Redbank, and is Bapcor’s second centralised distribution centre in Australia.

When operational, the new facility will consolidate seven existing Brisbane based warehouses into one purpose-designed DC. The move aims to strengthen supply chain capabilities across the company’s parts receiving and sending eco-system.The facility is an extension of Bapcor’s broader strategy to build the industry’s best in class supply chain and to expand its centralised distribution network model.

The new Queensland facility follows the design and construction of the company’s first purpose-built distribution centre in Victoria that was completed in 2021.

The new Queensland facility will also feature an automated order (Goods to Person) fulfillment solution that combines automated storage and retrieval with an accurate and integrated pick to light order fulfillment system.

The new Bapcor Distribution Centre will also benefit from the latest warehouse management system where every product is measured, weighed and barcode recorded to ensure operational efficiency across the entire supply chain network.Bapcor’s commitment to building a modern and long term sustainable facility includes a number of special additions. These include a 1.8-megawatt solar panel system that generates the equivalent amount of power to light up 500 residential properties annually. There are also six charging units to charge up to twelve electric vehicles located in the staff car park.

The new DC also features rainwater harvesting storage capabilities that aim to reduce water usage, while directing water for landscape irrigation and other amenity uses.

“We must continue to optimise our supply chain eco-system and leverage the scale of our business to create a great customer experience,” Bapcor executive GM supply chain Abdul Jaafar said.

“We have a vision for one way of working across the supply chain that will ensure we are driving continuous improvement in an ever changing world, where our customers demand of multi-channel fulfilment is at the heart of how we deliver our products.

“All the while we are continuing to focus on having the right stock, in the right location at the right time,” he added.

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