Mainfreight opens new Sydney warehouse

A bonneted truck brings a TEU to a container depot.

Mainfreight has opened a new 55,000m² warehouse, strategically located within the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in Sydney’s southwest. 

The site will grant wharf operations direct access to Port Botany via the rail system, significantly reducing container freight transit times from the port which would otherwise take approximately 40 minutes by road.

The new facility is equipped to store and handle a wide range of hazardous and retail dangerous goods. 

Moorebank has designed the facility with a dangerous goods bunker and cages built to meet regulations and standards.

The facility has a capacity for 70,000 racked pallet spaces with 35,000 pallet spaces that are specifically built for temperature sensitive freight such as pharmaceuticals, kept at a constant temperature. 

In a statement Mainfreight said it had invested in robotics to improve overall efficiency in the Sydney location. 

These robots will operate autonomously within a designated grid or pick path environment, picking up shelves of products without human involvement. 

The primary advantage lies in the “goods to person” approach, according to Mainfreight, where instead of team members traversing the warehouse to pick orders, the AMRs bring the goods directly to the team members, enhancing efficiency and reducing labour requirements. 

Storage will be condensed thanks to satellite racking allowing for multiple layers and levels and eliminating the need for multiple aisles.

It is considered particularly advantageous for customers handling high volumes of a limited number of SKUs, as each shuttle bay can accommodate one SKU with the same batch, streamlining inventory management.

“Our investment in this new facility and the latest warehousing technology enables our team to deliver smooth and efficient services to our customers,” the company said in a statement.

Mainfreight confirmed the new Sydney facility will have electric charge points to charge its expanding fleet of electric forklifts and commercial vehicles.

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