Wholesaler Metcash has announced a strong first nine months of trade from its state-of-the-art distribution centre in Gepps Cross, South Australia.
The announcement comes as the DC was officially opened by Premier Steven Marshall and the Metcash team on 23 August. The original opening was delayed due to Covid-19.
Metcash General Manager SA/NT, Matt Roberts says the DC was essential in continuing to build SA businesses and to meet increased demand.
“Metcash South Australia supports more than 300 independent sites across the state including Foodland, IGA and Cellarbrations – all under one 68,000sqm roof. That is equivalent to ~400 average Australian homes.”
Metcash can now process more than 2000 pallets of inventory per day following a substantial increase of its perishables site.
“Our Gepps Cross site has enabled us to increase our range and improve our efficiency for the benefit of our retailers and suppliers, and that’s strengthening our future here in SA,” Mr Roberts says.
“The 5-green star facility was designed and purpose built to ensure that we could continue to meet the demand and needs of our retailers here in SA. We continue to go above and beyond to support our network and diversify our offering.”
Metcash South Australia employs more than 300 people both directly and through contractors and, in recent months, has increased its range by more than 1700 products.
“We continue to grow our business and generate new lines that customers want to see across our shelves,” Mr Roberts says.
“We’re continually listening and responding to the needs of our retailers as they cater to stronger calls for local suppliers and artisan brands.
“The Metcash team are working closely with SA organisations such as Food South Australia to look at how we can further support local. We look forward to sharing new initiatives with the community soon.”