Retail and hospitality conglomerate, Landmark Group has opened its fully-automated mega distribution centre at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), with the group having invested $272.2m (AED1bn) for the facility.
According to the firm, the centre can process 300 million units per year, and can handle pallets, cartons, pieces, and garments-on-hanger (GOH). The facility has a storage capacity of up to 2.2 million cartons and 2 million GOH.
The facility is equipped with 10 automated and 3 manual docks to receive over 74,000 cartons per day. The outbound of the facility features 36 docks, of which 10 are solely for GOH, and can handle up to 90,000 cartons and 250,000 GOH every day.
Boom conveyors in the facility help in a faster off-loading of containers, which are handled across 33 levels with 1,300 robotic multi shuttles, 94 lifts and 28 workstations.
The distribution centre’s high bay warehouse is 43 metres-high, making it the tallest in the region. It is also the first rack clad building in the Middle East. The centre will be the first to use hypoxic fire prevention system with an oxygen-controlled environment, and its automatic storage and retrieval system can store over 36,000 pallet positions, serviced by 41-metre tower cranes.
Speaking about the facility, chairwoman and chief executive officer of Landmark Group, Renuka Jagtiani, said: “The opening of Mega DC marks a huge milestone for Landmark Group.
“We are very proud to have built this fully-automated facility, which will serve our customers even better by ensuring speed and agility of operations but will also project the future of supply chain for our region.”
The facility was inaugurated by chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.
Speaking on the occasion, Bin Sulayem said: “Landmark Group’s Mega DC is in line with the Smart Dubai 2021 strategy aimed at the digital transformation of the city of Dubai. Your adoption of technological tools like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, robotics and automation to drive logistics solutions is in step with what we do at DP World.”