PnP opens distribution centre

2012-05-02 16:39

Johannesburg - Pick n Pay opened its second centralised distribution centre in Cape Town on Wednesday.

"The opening of the distribution centre in Philippi, Cape Town, forms part of the roll-out of four sizeable distribution centres around the country, with a total investment of R2bn," Pick n Pay said in a statement.

The first one was opened in Longmeadow, Gauteng, in 2010.

The new centre would employ 324 staff.

Compared to other retailers, Pick n Pay has been slow to centralise distribution.

In its annual result presentation last month, Pick n Pay said centralised distribution had been one of its major challenges throughout last year, according to Business Report.

The new distribution centre would be environmentally friendly.

"Through distribution centres we are able to reduce our carbon footprint, because our supply chain will use fewer trucks to get products to our stores," said Cobus Barnard, divisional director: supply chain.

Twelve green initiatives had been implemented in the grocery division, focusing on energy management, water management, refrigeration, and the physical materials used for building.

  • Lesley - 2012-05-02 21:01

    Does this mean that PnP will finally have stock in their stores as for the last couple of months the stock holding has been atrocious. I have to go to Checkerd to get stock that PnP does noy have. i used to buy the PnP coffee but now buy the Woolworths coffee as they have not had stock for months. Keep getting told that that it is bring delivered.

      siasme - 2012-06-04 20:15

      @Lesley, as a distributor of the PNP Coffee I would like to say that a big part of the problem lies with the EDI system PNP is using as there is a lot of delayed orders. Also the CPU which generate the orders automatically does not take in to account certain times of the month but only fills the model stock loaded. Example end of the month when most people pay the stock will run out sooner than during the month. Also a problem sometimes with the manufacturer not dispaching the stock in time hence more delays in final delivery to store level. There is many factors involved and not always PNP's fault.

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