Incorporating bottling and case packing lines, the new 14,500 pallet capacity DC enables 14 degrees to offer significant supply chain benefits and savings to the Australian wine industry. Customers include award-winning wineries such as Yering Station, Mt Langi Ghiran, Parker Coonawarra Estate and Xanadu.
14 degrees, which is owned by the Rathbone family, is also using the facility to expand its 3PL services to other wine producers and distributors, retailers, restaurants and hotel groups.
Near completion, the mixed-use development will offer a combination of commercial office space, function/meeting rooms, a retail outlet and a restaurant.
"The first task was finding a central location that would enable us to cost-effectively fulfil orders to just about anywhere in Australia, as well as streamline export procedures," said 14 degrees Director Darren Rathbone.
"Port Melbourne, with its great port, road and rail connections fit the bill perfectly. We then worked closely with our storage partner Dematic to optimise the DC layout and workflow procedures.
Innovative Storage Solution
"Dematic did a lot of work up front analysing our current and future business needs, and presented a range of options, with their recommendation being an innovative RapidRunner satellite storage system."
Dematic was installing the first RapidRunner system in Australia for Murray Goulburn in Melbourne at the time and Darren Rathbone was impressed by what he saw.
"Dematic’s RapidRunner system is an ideal solution for storing premium quality wine," said Mr Rathbone.
"After a premium quality wine has been bottled, the less it is handled the better.
"With the RapidRunner system, we can space efficiently store pallets more than 30 deep in a single lane. That lets us park a whole vintage of a wine in just one or two lanes within the storage system, and forget about it until it is due for release."