CHEP Opens State of the Art Facility in New Zealand, Will Amalgamate Pallet and RPC Services at One Site.
“CHEP New Zealand has a market-leading network of service centres across the country and we understand the importance of having sites conveniently located near key customers and business partners,” commented CHEP Asia-Pacific President, Phillip Austin, speaking at the official opening of CHEP New Zealand’s Dunedin Service Centre.
“To keep the supply chain moving and products flowing around the country, it is critical that we provide growers, manufacturers and retailers with the right equipment in the right place at the right time.
“CHEP’s investment in a state-of-the-art facility for Dunedin demonstrates our long-term commitment to our business partners in the lower south island.”
For over 30 years, CHEP New Zealand has been servicing manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, and fresh produce customers in Dunedin and the Otago region. The new service centre on Sturdee Street combines CHEP’s pallet and reusable plastic crate (RPC) services onto one convenient site.
The $4 million investment in a custom designed and built office and warehouse development recognises CHEP’s commitment to the region and continued support for customers that operate in the area (Cadbury, Speights, Zeagold Foods and Cerebos Gregg’s), retailers (Countdown, PAK’nSAVE, New World) and fresh produce growers (including Graeme Young, Raumati Farms and Pyper Produce).
“The development of our new Dunedin service centre has raised the bar in terms of customer service, supply chain innovation and workplace safety,” stated CHEP New Zealand Country Manager, Mike O’Brien. “We are proud to provide a modern and safe workplace that has been developed to accommodate future growth and the introduction of new technology.”
The 4,658 square metre site comprises a 1,152 square metre warehouse, 200 square metre office space, and a 384 square metre canopy. The large yard provides greater efficiency for customers, with multiple zones designated for preparation, loading/unloading and tying down/strapping.
With 25 to 50 trucks moving through the site each day and approximately 37,000 equipment movements each week, the workplace design and comprehensive safety processes established at this site reinforce CHEP’s leadership role within the transport and logistics industry.
The site design enables a flow-through process, the implementation of best practice pedestrian segregation, and additional bays with forklift exclusion zones that assist in protecting truck drivers. The site also has a dedicated equipment wash bay facility.
CHEP New Zealand selected the site in the industrial precinct as it supports future 24-hour operations and provides room for growth and expansion in line with CHEP New Zealand’s business innovation strategy.
Chalmers Properties Limited’s General Manager, David Chafer, said “Following the successful CHEP development, we are now looking for new clients for further industrial developments we have planned in the area. Investments in new builds benefit the local economy, provide significant employment opportunities and strengthen confidence in the business sector.”
CHEP New Zealand has committed to a 10-year lease on the new property, and with a strong pipeline of innovative products to be rolled out over the coming years, is dedicated to supporting the local businesses in improving efficiencies in their supply chains.