Shimano, Australia

Japanese cycling and fishing equipment manufacturer and distributor Shimano has opened a new state-of-the-art DC incorporating the latest Dematic Multishuttle Goods-to-Person (GTP) order fulfilment system in Sydney.

Shimano, a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality cycling and fishing equipment and accessories, has opened the first compact Multishuttle Goods-to-Person (GTP) distribution centre (DC) in Australia at Caringbah in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

A key driver for the project was the ability to bring distribution for Shimano’s cycling and fishing businesses under the one roof, enabling both to enhance the quality of their service offering to customers, benefit from economies of scale and reduce distribution costs. 

Matthew Bazzano, Managing Director of Shimano Australia Cycling, said: “Historically, both businesses were independently owned and operated. When Shimano acquired both the cycling and fishing businesses in 2008, it took over the existing distribution network. Cycling was operating two smaller DCs in Sydney and Shimano Australia Fishing also had its own DC in Sydney. 

“When Shimano decided to review its Australian supply chain, it was clear that both businesses would benefit by combining their distribution requirements,” said Mr Bazzano. 

“While the two businesses distribute a completely different range of products and service a completely different customer base, there was obvious synergy in that they both handle a lot of relatively small products, parts and components,” he said. 

Colin Tannahill, Managing Director, Shimano Australia Fishing, said: “Bringing together not only our distribution requirements, but also the administration, purchasing, finance, human resources and management functions for both businesses made it financially viable for Shimano to invest in a new state-of-the-art DC. 

“It is great that Shimano opted to keep the location of the new DC in the Sutherland Shire where both the cycling and fishing businesses have been historically based,” added Mr Tannahill. 

“Land costs in the shire are significantly higher than in the western suburbs, however, such is the respect that Shimano has for our people – many of whom have been with the business for up to 25 years – that it was prepared to pay a premium to establish the new DC in the shire and ensure that it retained its experienced staff,” he said. 

Shimano's Multishuttle GTP system benefits

  • Consolidation of three DCs into one
  • The system typically supplies around 600 totes / hour to the GTP workstations
  • Delivers SKUs to GTP workstations in the exact sequence to optimise order assembly
  • Lighter weight, low voltage Multishuttles use less energy and provide quieter operation
  • Self-learning software controls tote put-away, constantly increasing tote retrieval efficiency
  • Improved inventory management, with ongoing check-weighing and cycle counting
  • Error-free put-away process ensures inventory accuracy, reducing stock-outs
  • Space reserved for extra aisle provides future flexibility, reduced initial investment
  • Dual-purpose GTP workstations suitable for both picking and replenishment
  • Intuitive, easy-to-learn system, with just one hour picking/packing operator training required
  • GTP system provides full redundancy as orders can be processed at any location
  • Dematic’s iQ WCS seamlessly integrates with Shimano's WMS for total visibility of picking, and real-time system performance and order status data.

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