Foodstuffs launches ahead at Landing Drive
It’s true that ‘bigger’ doesn’t always mean ‘better’ in the logistics field. Without the right combination of process, people, and technological power, big can be unwieldy, complicated and lumbering. However an incredible new flagship distribution centre on Landing Drive has got the combination exactly right.
There are many aspects of the new Foodstuffs development at Auckland Airport that are noteworthy.
For one, there’s the size. The 74,886 square metre footprint would fit within it the four major rugby grounds of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, with room still to kick for touch. It’s safe to say this is one of New Zealand’s largest office and distribution centres.
With that size comes some substantial energy needs. Forward-thinking from the FMCG giant has got this covered too. 2915 solar panels, 14 netball courts’ worth line the roof – New Zealand’s largest PV array. These will generate enough electricity to power 213 average Kiwi homes – which will make it about right for the busy DC and office space.
The office will house approximately 1,000 employees and the entire centre will service over 100 supermarkets. That much throughput requires absolute peace of mind in the speed, efficiency and safety of shipping, with pallet packaging a huge focus here.