Metcash, Australia’s leading wholesale and distributor to the independent network of IGA, Foodland, Cellarbrations, Bottle-O, Mitre 10, Home Timber & Hardware, and Total Tools stores, will integrate a Dematic goods-to-person (GTP) order fulfilment solution within its new Melbourne distribution centre (DC).

The new 115,000 square metre DC, located in Truganina, will service grocery, perishable, liquor, and convenience customers in Victoria from a single facility, replacing Metcash’s facility at Laverton.

Metcash Food head of logistics, Chris Purcell said, “The new DC and state offices will ensure a strong future for Metcash in the state of Victoria and is a reflection of our commitment to the independent retail network we serve. This investment also underpins our commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable work environment for our people and operating the most efficient routes to market for our supplier partners.”

The new Dematic GTP solution will streamline operations for Metcash’s split case pick, NDC, and liquor bottle pick, delivering improved productivity and ergonomics, as well as faster order fulfilment and reduced manual handling. The solution has been designed with additional room for volume expansion in line with Metcash’s future growth.

Dematic business development manager, Terry Jamieson commented, “Acting as a high-density, automated storage and retrieval system, the Dematic solution will fit within the set footprint provided and offer scalable tote storage and high sequenced order picking delivering high productivity. The solution will support Metcash in its bid to drive operational efficiencies, achieve the best use of available space, and meet specific dispatch windows.”

The new Metcash Truganina facility is due for completion in late 2024.