New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd has taken home three prestigious awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) awards dinner held on 21st October 2015.

Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, was awarded Young Achiever of the Year; and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd was recognised twice for its new Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre, in the ‘Supply Chain Innovation’, and ‘Implementation and Practice’ categories.

John Mullins, General Manager Supply Chain, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd says, “We’re honoured to be recognised by the industry for being leaders in both innovation and sustained excellence.

“Opening the Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre in October 2014 was a significant milestone. Our new high performance and throughput centre is the result of several years of sustained effort and planning from our team.

“The initial project had many facets that had to come together – it involved changes to our internal systems and how we work with suppliers, as well as constructing a state-of-the-art building based on best practice from overseas.”

Mullins confirms that Hornby is the largest food distribution centre in New Zealand, it has 400 staff, distributing half a million cartons of products per week.

The distribution centre has integrated seismic –resistant order fulfilment systems, a range of sustainability features and has improved product speed to market. This means when one of the Foodstuffs network of stores places an order, it’s delivered within one day, and often delivery is the same day of order.

“In opening Hornby, we were able to consolidate three ambient distribution centres into two offering greater capacity and order processing capability. Other key benefits include an improved transport fleet and network efficiencies, a significant reduction in packing waste, increased distribution flexibility and urgent order processing,” adds Mullins.

Between the distribution centres of Hornby and Dunedin, the Foodstuffs South Island supply chain is servicing around 2,000 customers. Previously this involved entirely manual operations, but with the new distribution centre at Hornby automation was introduced for the split case and small bulk items– around 15% of the business’ total order volume.

“The centre benefits our suppliers, retailers and consumers. Our ultimate objective is to increase productivity, improve accuracy and raise service levels to do the very best job we can for our customers,” says Mullins.

“The Distribution Centre has now been in operation for twelve months. This award is a big congratulation to the Foodstuffs team involved in the Distribution Centre opening and the smooth operations achieved since transition.”

At the same awards, Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, was awarded Young Achiever of the Year.

Simon began his career with Foodstuffs as a student working part-time at the Hornby Temperature Controlled Distribution Centre back in 2002. Since then he has worked his way up through numerous roles into the senior position of Inventory Manager at the Hornby Distribution Centre.

Scott Fairweather, Hornby Distribution Centre Manager, nominated Simon for his outstanding leadership and influence.

“We’re extremely lucky to have Simon in our business. He has been a pivotal member of the team involved in transforming the wholesale operations distribution and enabling a seamless transition of suppliers and members into the new Distribution Centre.”

“Under his leadership, the inventory team have increased productivity, reduced warehouse damages and improved inventory verification resulting in greater order accuracy to our retail members. Simon leads by example – he doesn’t shy away from rolling his sleeves up and getting involved,” says Scott.
John Mullins emphasises that the CILT awards recognise the hard work of all the Foodstuffs staff involved in the distribution centre operations, but particularly those involved in the project management, transition from the older Papanui distribution centre, and the operations of the new Hornby Centre.

Award for Implementation and Practice (Sponsor: Cubic Transport)
Winner: Foodstuffs South Island (Ltd)
Award for Supply Chain Innovation (Sponsor: Dexion New Zealand)
Winner: Foodstuffs South Island (Ltd)
Young Achiever of the Year (Sponsor: CILT NZ)
Winner: Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, FSSI

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
Address:
167 Main North Road
Papanui, Private Bag 4705
Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 353 8700
Fax: +64 3 353 8190
Web Address: www.foodstuffs-si.co.nz

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Foodstuffs South Island opens new ambient distribution centre in Hornby, Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015-2-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, was on hand today to open Foodstuffs South Island’s new ambient distribution centre (DC) in Hornby, Christchurch. The greenfield project essentially connects an additional 31,587m2 to the existing 14,000m2 ambient warehouse at Hornby and consolidates operations from the old Papanui DC in Christchurch. This DC sits alongside a 4,000m2 temperature controlled DC already present on the site.

“The new DC will be servicing 300 New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square and On the Spot stores throughout the South Island,” says John Mullins, General Manager Supply Chain, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd. “From as far afield as Collingwood and Stewart Island the distribution network sees 200 trucks leave the DC every day and travel a massive six million kilometres around the country each year.”

“Across the new ambient section of the site 400 staff distribute over 450,000 cartons of product out to our supermarkets 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Mullins. “The temperature controlled warehouse adds another 210,000 cartons each week, with the total number of cartons distributed rising to as many as one million at busy times such as Christmas and Easter. No easy feat by any means.”

According to Mullins 70% of goods supplied to the supermarkets comes from the DC with the remaining 30% going direct from suppliers.

“An effective supply chain requires multiple components to work in harmony and we would be remiss in not taking this opportunity to thank our suppliers who have worked with us throughout the development of Hornby and transition from Papanui. Getting the new DC stocked and the state of the art fulfilment software functioning correctly was always going to be a challenge and we wouldn’t have been able to be so successful if we didn’t have the support and cooperation of our supplier community,” acknowledges Mullins.

“Additionally, our distribution centre staff have played a very important role in the set-up of the new DC, in particular assisting with the transition of inventory and order picking from the older Papanui site to Hornby.”

The relocation of 200 Papanui staff across town to the new site at Hornby in late 2014 was a great achievement with staff now enjoying the benefits of a new purpose built building. Highlights include a full service cafeteria and modern amenities such as exclusive use of an onsite gym.

Constructed by Calder Stewart Industries and designed by local engineering firm, Engenium, the building underwent a rigorous design process to ensure it achieved the highest earthquake building standards. Adding to this the regular earthquakes experienced by the Canterbury region meant it was important to design a building that delivered the safest pallet racking solution possible.

“We enlisted the expertise of Dematic, a material handling and logistics automation company based out of Luxembourg with a manufacturing plant in Sydney, to install the ColbyRACK storage system which is purpose built to deal with the forces generated by seismic events,” says Mullins.” Through close consultation with the structural engineer Dematic were able to ensure that the specially constructed post-tensioned concrete floor did not conflict with the positioning of the racking systems seismic base plates, thus ensuring the racking system will behave predictably during earthquake events.”

Foodstuffs South Island has also worked with Dematic to install a state of the art order picking system, or tool to ‘pick’ products from the DC shelves for distribution out to the supermarkets. Dematic’s PickDIRECTOR includes a semi-automatic ‘pick module’ which handles all split case and small carton order requirements via a series of zone routing and sortation lanes over both the ground and mezzanine floor levels within the DC. Orders are picked into collapsible tote’s for distribution to stores across the South Island.

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Foodstuffs South Island opens new ambient distribution centre in Hornby, Christchurch

Foodstuffs South Island opens new ambient distribution centre in Hornby, Christchurch