CHEP has opened a new Service Centre in Dunedin providing greater efficiency for its customers. Chep New Zealand selected the site in the industrial precinct as it supports future 24-hour operations and provides room for growth and expansion in line with CHEP New Zealand’s business innovation strategy. The custom designed and built office and warehouse comprises a 1,152 square metre warehouse, 200 square metre office space, and a 384 square metre canopy. The large yard provides multiple zones designated for preparation, loading/unloading and tying down/strapping. With 25 to 50 trucks moving through the site each day and approximately 37,000 equipment movements each week, the workplace design and comprehensive safety processes established at this site reinforce CHEP’s leadership role within the transport and logistics industry. The site design enables a flow-through process, the implementation of best practice pedestrian segregation, and additional bays with forklift exclusion zones that assist in protecting truck drivers. The site also has a dedicated equipment wash bay facility.The $4 million investment recognises CHEP’s commitment to the region and continued support for customers that operate in the area. “CHEP New Zealand has a market-leading network of service centres across the country and we understand the importance of having sites conveniently located near key customers and business partners,” says CHEP Asia-Pacific President, Phillip Austin. “To keep the supply chain moving and products flowing around the country, it is critical that we provide growers, manufacturers and retailers with the right equipment in the right place at the right time. CHEP’s investment in a state-of-the-art facility for Dunedin demonstrates our long-term commitment to our business partners in the lower south island.” CHEP New Zealand has been servicing manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, and fresh produce customers in Dunedin and the Otago region for more than 30 years. The new service centre on Sturdee Street amalgamates CHEP’s pallet and reusable plastic crate (RPC) services onto one convenient site.