By Sam Bridge
Fully-automated facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone is designed to process 300 million units per year
Landmark Group on Wednesday announced the opening of its fully-automated mega distribution centre at JAFZA, Dubai, the largest of its kind in the GCC.
The company said it has invested over AED1 billion ($272 million) to further strengthen its supply chain capabilities and build a facility that can serve as a logistics and distribution hub for the region.
The facility will also play an integral role in enhancing Dubai’s position as a hub for global logistics and trade, it added in a statement.
It is designed to process 300 million units per year, inter-changeably handling pallets, cartons, pieces and garments-on-hanger and has 10 automated and 3 manual docks to receive over 74,000 cartons per day.
Boom conveyors in the facility also ensure faster off-loading of containers., all handled across 33 levels with 1,300 ‘robotic multi shuttles’, 94 lifts and 28 workstations.
Renuka Jagtiani, chairwoman and CEO of Landmark Group, said: “The opening of Mega DC marks a huge milestone for Landmark Group... Through the years, we have seen Dubai emerge as a global and economic business hub, giving us the opportunity to innovate and invest in the most-advanced technology and processes for our business.
"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 first-of-its-kind facility in the region was officially inaugurated by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority.
He said: “We believe Landmark Group is innovating to enable smarter trade. By promoting technological advances that benefit the industry, the economy and the community in which we operate Landmark Group and DP World are united in our journey."