Builders to ex­pand its Wa­ter­fall’s cen­tre

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES - Roy Cokayne

LISTED prop­erty com­pany At­tacq has con­cluded an agree­ment with the Builders group to ex­pand their dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­ity in the Wa­ter­fall dis­tri­bu­tion cam­pus in Midrand.

The ex­ist­ing 38 000m² Builders Gauteng Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tre, which has been in op­er­a­tion since April 2013, is to be ex­panded by 9 618m².

Con­struc­tion has al­ready com­menced and it is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Jan­uary.

Wa­ter­fall is a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment lo­cated be­tween the Al­lan­dale and Wood­mead off-ramps on both sides of the M1/N1 high­way.

Morné Wilken, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of At­tacq, said they were pleased that Builders’ sup­ply chain op­er­a­tions were al­ready re­al­is­ing real busi­ness ben­e­fits from be­ing in Wa­ter­fall’s Lo­gis­tics Hub.

The dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre ser­vices all four of the Builders store for­mats, Builders Ware­house, Builders Ex­press, Builders Trade De­pot and Builders Su­per Store and stores in the greater Gauteng area, Mpumalanga, Lim­popo, North West, Bloem­fontein, Botswana, Mozam­bique and Zam­bia.

Diane Hoff­man, a di­rec­tor of Mass­build Sup­ply Chain, said the Wa­ter­fall lo­ca­tion was iden­ti­fied as the cen­tre of grav­ity for this dis­tri­bu­tion area, be­cause of the easy ac­cess to main roads in all di­rec­tions.

“The ex­pan­sion of the Builders Gauteng Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tre is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the ful­fil­ment of Builders’ strate­gic de­ci­sion to cen­tralise its sup­ply chain. The ad­di­tional space will in­crease the fa­cil­ity’s ca­pac­ity to sup­port the in­tro­duc­tion of new stores both within and be­yond South African bor­ders.

“In­creased space will also en­able the cen­tre to sup­ply the ex­ist­ing stores with a wider range of prod­ucts via the cen­tralised ware­hous­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion net­work, thus sup­port­ing the stores to ser­vice the needs of our cus­tomers bet­ter,” she said.

Hoff­man said in­creas­ing through­put was part of the sup­ply chain strat­egy to en­sure the best ser­vice pos­si­ble to all stake­hold­ers and es­pe­cially their cus­tomers.

“In ad­di­tion to the direct dis­tri­bu­tion from the Wa­ter­fall-based cen­tre, the dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre sup­plies cer­tain stock items na­tion­ally via the re­gional dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres based in the West­ern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal,” she said.

Pete Macken­zie, head of de­vel­op­ment at At­tacq, said the busi­ness ben­e­fits of hav­ing a dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre sit­u­ated in Wa­ter­fall Lo­gis­tics Hub not only in­cluded giv­ing com­pa­nies the abil­ity to achieve economies of scale, but the lo­ca­tion was also easily ac­ces­si­ble to com­pany staff from all ar­eas.

Macken­zie said the strate­gic po­si­tion­ing also cre­ated an ex­cel­lenAt­tacq t op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to max­imise brand ex­po­sure.

“It is one of South Africa’s largest mixed-use de­vel­op­ments,” he said.

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