TM Insight has welcomed an experienced executive to take on the role of Director of Property at the company to bolster TM Insight’s capabilities in NSW.
Amart Furniture has signed a 10-year lease agreement with Goodman Group to build the distribution centre in the Connectwest Industrial Estate on Logistics Drive, Truganina, which will have an end value of $65 million. TM Insight worked with Amart Furniture to secure the deal.
The purpose-built facility at Truganina will provide a modern workplace for the Amart team, improve quality and service for Amart customers and will accommodate the company’s anticipated future growth when it opens in the first half of 2020.
Amart Furniture CEO Lee Chadwick said the new 48,770sqm custom-designed distribution centre would replace an existing cluster of warehouses in Somerton.
“The new distribution centre will provide a modern, safe and flexible workplace for our warehouse team,” Mr Chadwick said. “This was one of our top priorities when designing the facility.”
Customers will also benefit from the contemporary distribution centre with Amart Furniture COO Scott Pears citing the potential for more efficient service and faster delivery times.
“The new Truganina distribution centre will streamline our supply chain network in Victoria and enable us to continually improve quality and customer service,” Mr Pears said. “This modern and consolidated design will allow for direct-to-customer deliveries, from either in-store or online purchases.”
A comprehensive review process was undertaken at the start of the project in partnership with property and supply chain firm, TM Insight, to evaluate Amart Furniture’s current conditions and operations, design a leading-edge supply chain solution and select the best location for development.
TM Insight Director Travis Erridge said “This review informed the design of the new facility, which will optimise operations into one location, propelling Amart’s supply chain into the next generation.”
When complete, the Truganina distribution centre will have a significant expanse of racked storage locations to house an extensive range of product types and sizes; a drive-around design with dual loading faces; a mix of recessed loading docks and on-grade roller doors; and a cross-docking facility design with two large staging areas for inbound and outbound freight.
Universal Robina Corporation-owned Snack Brands Australia has committed to both a pre-lease facility and adjacent land sale for a site area of 10.42 hectares in Erskine Park with Altis. This new commitment as part of their supply chain transformation with consultancy firm TM Insight, is one of the largest industrial property deals in the last 12 months.
The 30,255 square-metre pre-lease facility, located on First Estate Mamre Road Erskine Park, will be situated on land four times the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and have an end value in excess of $400 million.
The new state-of-the-art distribution centre will transform the supply chain network for the iconic snacks company whose brands include CC’s, Thins, Kettle, The Natural Chip Company, Cheezels and Jumpy’s.
The pre-lease facility will comprise a significant 35-metre high-bay section to the building and is being developed with leading-edge technology to create an automated warehousing and distribution system.
Supply chain director at Snack Brands Neville Tapp said: “This facility will support our growth strategies and enable us to enhance our customer service at the lowest possible cost. We are excited about working with Altis and the team at TM Insight to deliver this project over the coming years.”
Global supply chain and property consultancy TM Insight worked alongside Snack Brands in the development of the concept plan for the new site. After understanding the business case metrics, TM Insight ran the property procurement process and will be project managing the delivery of the new facility.
Director of TM Insight Travis Erridge said: “This is a significant step forward for Snack Brands in efficient operations for its customers.
“Snack Brands is investing in its future with a world class facility and has looked at all options to determine the best solution that meets both their current and future distribution requirements. Property specifications were found on the back of a robust business case and operational design completed inhouse.
“TM Insight developed the business case, ran the property procurement process and will also project manage the build. This end-to-end service ensures Snack Brands have a partner throughout the process that will make certain the facility is delivered to its highly technical specifications with the integration of automation in the building structure,” he said.
Stage one of the development will be operational in Quarter 4 2020.
Australian e-commerce fulfilment company eStore Logistics has committed to a 12,515sqm warehouse in LOGOS Property’s Marsden Park in New South Wales.
The company’s current clients include Kogan.com, Temple and Webster, Hairhouse Warehouse, Patagonia, Dick Smith and Essendon Football Club.
“This expansion highlights our rapid growth, driven by our market leading proprietary IT and omnichannel fulfilment service and solutions,” said Leigh Williams, Managing Director, eStore Logistics.
“Our new facility in Marsden Park will feature world-leading logistics systems that support robust e-commerce fulfilment processes. We have complex algorithms which minimise manual handling and human decision making while maximising accuracy. We’re excited to be expanding our business and making our services available to more online retailers and enabling them to get orders to their customers super-fast at low cost.”
Supply chain consultancy TM Insight carried out design work for the facility.
“We partnered with eStore Logistics to design a facility that maximised storage density, but also allowed for approximately 30 per cent of the warehouse footprint to be allocated for product staging and returns,” said Travis Erridge, Director, TM Insight. “It is pivotal that sufficient footprint is designated to product staging and returns, as it is an inherent challenge in the e-commerce landscape.
“Despite the allowance for a significant percentage of floor area being allocated to product staging and returns, the TM Insight design enabled eStore Logistics to achieve 1.5 pallets per square metre of floor area, well above the ratio that most 3PLs (third-party logistics operators) adopt in their operations.”
The facility will be operational in November 2018 and will have an end value of approximately $25 million.
Supply-chain consultancy TM Insight has appointed Rob Turner, former General Manager – Business Development and Solutions for logistics company Toll Group, as a Director of its Supply Chain division.
Turner has designed, built and operated automated warehouses across multiple industry sectors including retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), general merchandise, automotive and healthcare.
“TM Insight’s reputation, team members, and unique approach were an attractive proposition to join the business,” said Turner. “I am really looking forward to sharing my experience with TM Insight’s current and future customers in what is a rapidly changing environment.”
Turner will be led by Adam Noakes, head of the Supply Chain Division, who joined TM Insight from Kmart in 2013, where he was General Manager of Supply Chain.
“A key factor for our clients is that all of our directors bring industry experience rather than just theoretical consulting experience,” said Noakes. “This is what our clients value most, and Rob is without doubt one of the top-tier supply chain professionals in Australia.”
Founder of TM Insight, Travis Erridge, added, “To have someone of Rob’s calibre join us is a huge coup for our business. Being able to add Rob’s broad industry knowledge and expertise will significantly enhance our supply chain offering to our clients.”
Turner will begin in the role in December 2017.
Agricultural business Simplot Australia has committed to a new facility in Truganina, a 20,725m2 site with an additional 5,156m2 of super-canopy.
Simplot Australia owns Australian brands such as Birds Eye, Leggo’s, Chiko and Edgell, John West and Lean Cuisine, and distributes its products to supermarkets and foodservice outlets across Australia.
The company used the back-to-back expiry of both a third-party logistics (3PL) operating agreement and a property lease to review its mid- to long-term operational strategy, with design help from consultancy TM Insight and construction carried out by property group Dexus.
“From the outset, we worked with Simplot to design the internal and external operations with efficiency and flexibility of primary importance,” said Milan Andjelkovic, Director, TM Insight. “The end result will see Simplot implement various types of automation which will reduce order to delivery timeframes and substantially increase operational efficiencies and accuracies for Simplot’s customers.”
Chris Mackenzie, Head of Industrial Developments, Dexus, added, “This new facility will set a precedent for integrated supply chain and property outcomes in Australia with the customer, developer and experts working together to produce significant operational savings for the customer.”
The facility will be operational in the first quarter of 2018 and will have an end value of approximately $25 million.