Perth, Western Australia (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
On 9th August of this year, Australian retail giant Woolworths unveiled a massive, $250 million facility in Hoxton Park, NSW, in the West Sydney area. The facility consists of two huge sheds, filled with the latest in retail logistics technology. Building 1 is the BIG W facility, and provides 90,000 sq m of space. Building 2 is a 50,000 sq m facility that will house Masters Home Improvement.
An estimated 1,400 jobs were created in the building of the project, and another 360 jobs have been created inside the centres. The total of 140,000 sq m is the equivalent of eighteen rugby fields. The technology features a goods-to-person system which uses robots to pick items 5 times as fast as the previous systems used by the company.
The facility also has a cross belt sorter with a capacity of 8,000 cartons per hour. This unprecedented speed enables the facility to process many items without the transitional storage that would usually be needed.
The BIG W facility will process around 10,000 various products. This year alone, they will deliver 4,000,000 t-shirts, 10,000,000 pairs of underwear, 5,000,000 books, and 400,000 bags of potting mix, to a total of 64 BIG W stores in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, and the ACT.
Woolworths estimates that the new facility will reduce driving by 5,000,000 km, saving 2,500,000 litres of diesel, and preventing 6,725,000 kg of CO2 emissions.
According to Grant O’Brien, CEO of Woolworths, “This is an investment in world-leading technology and facilities that really raises the bar in speed, accuracy and efficiency.”
O’Brien later said, “With growing customer demand, store networks and a growing online business, as well as our investment in Masters, Woolworths needed a new space with the very latest technology.”
The sheer amount of money spent on this facility raises a question to many: why did Woolworths choose to build a giant shed as their ultra-modern facility?
Max Italiano, owner of Action Sheds Australia, has professional insight as to why sheds would be Woolworth’s medium of choice: “If you need to house such a massive facility, and you don’t need a lot of ornate office space, a shed makes a lot of sense. The design is so simple and efficient that businesses save unheard-of amounts of money.”
Italiano continued, “Today’s sheds are made with steel support as strong as that of most conventional buildings, if not stronger, but they cost a lot less. The labour isn’t nearly as intensive because the designs aren’t complicated. That savings is passed on to the customer, too. Sheds are versatile, economical, and they don’t take nearly as long to build as a standard building.”
Italiano concluded, “If you represent a business of any size looking to build a new facility, you should definitely talk to us and see what we have to offer. It might be the best business decision you ever make.”
Action Sheds Australia builds sheds in Perth WA, and surrounding areas. They build custom commercial, industrial, and farm sheds, but also supply garages, storage sheds, patios, and carports to residences.
Further information can be found on their website:
http://www.actionsheds.com.au/, or you may call them directly at 1300 778 628.