Genuine Parts Company Asia Pacific (GPC), parent company of Repco, NAPA and Motion businesses, has completed construction of a new 29,000 sqm distribution center that will help grow its automotive and industrial parts businesses.
Located at 20 Puaki Drive, Wiri, the new distribution center has the capacity to hold 140,000 product lines to support GPC’s network of 120 Repco and NAPA branded branches and its Motion Industries New Zealand industrial parts supply business.
Five of GPC’s Auckland-based distribution centers will be consolidated into this single facility over the next two years, and it is expected to be fully operational by November 2023.
With the physical building now complete, work is underway to construct and install a market-leading materials handling system, positioning the distribution center as the most technologically advanced in New Zealand. The construction and commissioning of the Schaefer Systems technology is expected to take six months.
GPC New Zealand Executive Managing Director Jonathon Maddren said the innovative technology will optimize the flow of goods with more than five times greater operational efficiency, enabling smoother and faster supply across the country.
“Today’s customers need greater agility and speed than ever before and this new facility will make our supply chain more efficient, enabling industry-leading improvements in our customer accuracy speed and supply chain,” Maddren said.
“The new distribution center will provide capacity and capabilities for our next 30 years of growth, expanding the range of services and products that Repco, NAPA and Motion can offer. With this major investment project, we are making a clear commitment to our team, to our customers and to the future of the automotive and industrial aftermarket supply industry.
GPC NZ’s Motion New Zealand industrial team, comprising companies SAECOWilson, HCD Flow Technology, Seal Innovations and Conveyor & Transmission, are the first to move into the new facility.
The distribution center’s current 100 employees will be relocated to the new center, with future employment opportunities expected.
Technology and safety features first in New Zealand
Completion of construction marks an important milestone in the three-year project which began in February 2021 on a 5.8 hectare green field site in Wiri. The finished building is equivalent to the size of eight rugby pitches.
The distribution center was designed and built by South Island-based construction company Calder Stewart with a strong emphasis on sustainable design principles.
Solar panels and advanced energy control systems, electric forklifts and rainwater harvesting will aim for a significant reduction in energy footprint and an annual water saving of 35%.
The Schafer Systems automation system being installed is the first of its kind in New Zealand, featuring state-of-the-art technology and safety features.
Designed for 75,000 SKUs, the automation system will ensure maximum efficiency with automatic organization overnight for optimal pick availability.
“This is next-generation technology designed for the future of aftermarket parts in New Zealand,” says Maddren.
“We pride ourselves on creating a state-of-the-art, safe and sustainable environment for our employees in this
distribution center,” he says.
“Ultimately, this means we can pack quickly and deliver product to our customers much faster, improving the customer experience.”
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