Mitre 10’s new ‘super-sized’ Distribution Centre at forefront of hardware industry!

Australia’s largest independent hardware group is relocating its Victorian distribution centre to an easily accessible, state-of-the-art world class facility from mid-February.

“The new Derrimut Distribution centre was built for Mitre 10 as part of re-engineering Mitre 10’s national supply chain,” said Jon Herbert, Group General Manager Supply Chain Logistics, Mitre 10.

The new Distribution Centre will be fitted out with a unique technology called ‘voice pick’, increasing Mitre 10’s picking accuracy and productivity.

Installed by Dematic, Mitre 10’s new ‘voice pick’ system guides workers through their daily tasks from a computer controlled voice that is mounted to their belt. At the completion of each task, workers can confirm their actions by speaking into the headset’s microphone, prompting the system to record the transaction.

“Over the past few years Mitre 10 has focused on ensuring we have processes in place to deliver stock to stores in the minimum amount of time,” said Mr Herbert. “The addition of the new ‘voice pick’ system will enable us to achieve this goal by greatly enhancing supply chain efficiencies.”

Set on a significantly larger site, the Derrimut Distribution Centre will be capable of servicing the Mitre 10 networks in Victoria, Tasmania, Southern New South Wales and South Australia plus enable Mitre 10 to consolidate all operations under one roof, increasing total SKU range and storage capacity.

“Now occupying an area of 25,000m2, a significant increase from the 5,800m2 at the Hallam Distribution Centre, the new state-of-the-art Centre will have the capacity to handle a significant increase of orders more efficiently and effectively,” added Mr Herbert.

Although the official transition period between the two Distribution Centres will run from 18 February until 17 March 2008, the original Hallam site will not officially close until 30 March.