Toll Group and Dematic to develop a fully automated fashion distribution centre with a focus on eCommerce and omni-channel delivery

SYDNEY, NSW – 10 October 2016 – Asia Pacific’s leading provider of integrated logistics, Toll Group, is working with Dematic to develop a market-leading distribution centre (DC) in Sydney. The DC will be one of the first in Australia designed to cater for the growing eCommerce/fashion market.

The 32,000 square metre state-of-the-art DC with advanced automation technology will enable fast and efficient delivery for Australian retailers to stores and customers.

The new DC will include a number of Dematic automation solutions, including 24 RapidPICK Goods-to-Person (GTP) Pick Stations and 24 aisles of Dematic Multishuttle storing 150,000 totes, which will increase Toll’s eCommerce and omni-channel capabilities. The system will also include 32,000 pallet positions of ColbyRack selective and narrow aisle pallet and carton storage.

The facility will increase Toll’s eCommerce speed to market. Same day shipping will be supported by the capacity for 30 On-Line Processing Stations, automated bagging and bag take-away machines, as well as ergonomic eCommerce processing stations.

“We are very excited to be offering Australian retailers a new DC specifically designed to meet their eCommerce and omni-channel needs,” said Mark Cowley, Executive General Manager, Customised Solutions – Toll Global Logistics Division. “We are particularly proud that our new facility will be an Australian first in automation for eCommerce processing and distribution.

“We look forward to working with Dematic to enable a fast, efficient and cost-effective supply chain for Australian retailers and their customers.”

Toll’s first customer at the new facility is Specialty Fashion Group, whose brands include Millers, Katies, Autograph, Crossroads, City Chic and Rivers Australia. The new DC will meet the demands of the retailer’s strong growth, and support its continual focus on improving omni-channel delivery, including online and ‘click and collect’ ordering. Apparel distribution innovations which will benefit Specialty Fashion Group include freight-efficient order finishing, where dispatch order cartons will be cut down to fill height with no air shipped in the cartons, Garment on Hanger (GOH) storage and picking, and the ability to batch pick full cases for loading into the dispatch sorter.

“With this new facility, Toll will lead the way in offering Australian apparel retailers a logistics option that is specifically geared towards delivering orders placed online,” said Pas Tomasiello, Dematic’s Director of Integrated Systems. “Dematic’s solution for Toll utilises innovative, high level automation which is perfectly suited to retailers striving to meet the increasing omni-channel demands.”

The DC, which will be located in Prestons Logistics Estate in Sydney, has been designed to be flexible so it can be scaled up based on seasonality, business growth, and new customers, and is also capable of 24/7 operations if necessary. Toll’s DC is scheduled to go live in October 2017.

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511.


About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 5,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 5,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Colby® products are designed, engineered and manufactured by Dematic Pty Limited. “Colby” and the “Colby Chevron Mark” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Limited.

About Toll Group

Toll Group is the Asia Pacific region’s leading provider of logistics services, employing approximately 40,000 people across some 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. Toll’s second-to-none capabilities and global reach help provide customers with logistics solutions capable of serving the most comprehensive global supply chains