CEVA Logistics has opened its transport, distribution and logistics hub on the rural-urban Melbourne fringe suburb of Truganina. CEVA says it is the biggest warehouse in the Southern Hemisphere.
The huge warehouse will service clients including GM Holden, Continental Tyres, NBN Co, Michelin, Caltex, Accent Group and Mazda.
The $80 million, 166,000 square metre supersite will employ 250 workers in Melbourne’s west and create around 40 new positions.
CEVA will also operate Nissan Australia’s new National Distribution Centre.
It joins other major companies such as NewCold Logistics, Border Express, Toll, Linfox, DB Schenker, Silk Logistics and Australia Post which have chosen Melbourne as the location for their corporate headquarters.
CEVA’s vice president of contract logistics, Andrew Jenkinson, says the group handles “reverse logistics”, transporting and dealing with defective items returned from stores or car dealerships and warranty issues or replacements of goods.
“We’re very involved in their supply chain. We have assessors in every state who go and inspect and say it’s a genuine warranty claim or not. It’s all processed online,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The ‘just in time’ supply chain pioneered by the automotive sector is being rapidly adopted by other industries,” Jenkinson says.
The Truganina buildings’ structure, divided in three sections, enables it to unload eight B-double trucks at any given time on continuous loading docks with levellers.
The building also features eco-friendly credentials like 4000 square metres of rooftop solar panels, rainwater storage, smart movement-sensing lights and a 5 Star Green Star rating.
Goods arrive and are distributed at different times for individual businesses so the facility is staffed around the clock to deal with various peaks of activity from 3am to 1am on a 22-hour cycle.
CEVA has already commissioned another 21,000sq m shed, is completing a 23,000sq m structure nearby and about to commission a third 37,000sq m building.