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Munro Footwear building $50m automated distribution centre

Munro Footwear Group is moving its retail and wholesale warehousing functions to a new $50 million distribution centre in Victoria.

The 26,354 square meter facility will be ready in the second half of 2022, will be located within the $600 million MidWest Logistics Hub in Truganina, and follows a review of and a decision to optimise, integrate and consolidate its supply chain.

Munro Footwear Group owns and operates brands such as Midas, Colorado, Ziera, and more.

“We are on a strong growth trajectory and have made a major investment in optimising our supply chain operations to support our increasing in-store and online sales,” said Munro Footwear Group chief operating officer Marcus Bartlett.

“This new facility is a key initiative in our multi-year growth plan to expand our business, optimise our customer experience and strengthen our distribution capability, particularly to support online sales.”

The site is being project managed by TMX, will be fitted out with autonomous mobile robotics, fit 1.2 million units, and will be designed with the aim of hitting a minimum five-star green rating.

The robotics solution will help to optimise the business’ inventory, allowing it to get product to customers faster, while also improving productivity.

“The integration of leading-edge technology and [autonomous mobile robot] solutions will ensure the facility delivers exceptional supply chain efficiencies and productivity for Munro’s customers,” said Andrew Simons, head of development, industrial and logistics and Charter Hall.

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