Foodstuffs South Island has triumphed at this year’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport awards, picking up three coveted prizes. The retail company was recognised in the ‘Supply Chain Innovation’ and ‘Implementation and Practice’ categories for its new Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre, whose inventory manager, Simon Olsen, was also awarded Young Achiever of the Year.

With 400 staff and a distribution capacity of half a million cartons of products per week, Hornby is the largest facility of its kind in New Zealand, featuring a fully automated storage and retrieval system.

“In opening Hornby, we were able to consolidate three ambient distribution centres into two offering greater capacity and order processing capability,” said John Mullins, general manager Supply Chain, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd. “Other key benefits include an improved transport fleet and network efficiencies, a significant reduction in packing waste, increased distribution flexibility and urgent order processing.”

Together, the distribution centres of Dunedin and Hornby cater for approximately 2,000 customers.