Lion is a leading beverage and food company with a portfolio that includes many of Australia and New Zealand’s favourite brands. The Dairy & Drinks portfolio (formerly National Foods) produces household name brands of milk and dairy beverages, juice, dairy, cheese and soy products. The Dairy & Drinks footprint includes production facilities and sales offices in all Australian states, as well as New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Linfox is Lion’s in-house logistics provider, servicing a large proportion of the transport and operation’s needs, including ambient and temperature-controlled warehousing on the east coast of Australia and transport nationally on all major legs.
In 2009 Linfox began the design and construction of a state-of-the-art national Distribution Centre (DC) in Laverton, Victoria for Lion. The new temperature controlled facility consolidated several warehouses into one purpose-built DC. This is the second national DC Linfox has built and commissioned for Lion. The first, at Erskine Park in Sydney, is a 26,000 m2 ambient DC, which began operating in January 2009.
Linfox also manages Lion juices and bottled water in the multi-user site in Willawong, Queensland. In addition, Linfox manages the Vitasoy components out of the multi-user site in Somerton, Victoria. The Willawong DC has an ambient and linehaul capability, and is 20 minutes away from the main railhead that transports product interstate and intrastate to the Lion Townsville site.
Linfox’s design and construction team works closely with customers to tailor solutions that are fit for purpose and that will solve key logistics issues over the life of a facility.
The design of the Erskine Park and Laverton DCs involved Lion and Linfox working collaboratively to share goals and data to build state-of-the art facilities.
This coupled with a robust implementation process delivered the national DCs that would facilitate Lion’s current and future business needs.
Linfox’s modelling capabilities were used to provide future views of the supply chain and transport network, as well as, design and model the DCs.
Once the parcel of land was chosen and the comprehensive supply chain modelling was complete, several DC concept designs were produced in 2D for all parties to review. A concept design was eventually agreed and signed off by all stakeholders. The design would lead to a more substantive, detailed architectural plan, following on with the construction phase being completed by Linfox Property Group and Qanstruct Vic.
The project delivered the DC structure as well as a supporting warehouse management system, transport management system and standardised operational procedures to service Lion’s chilled products nationally.
The Linfox implementation team coordinated the disparate components of the project, working with suppliers to meet the agreed ‘go-live’ date. Systems commissioning, recruiting and training employees, and a myriad of other factors were part of the implementation process.