TNT opens 78,000 square metre “super hub” at Erskine Park, Sydney

TNT
has opened its state of the art, 78,000m2 ‘super hub’ at Sydney’s Erskine Park,
the first of three super hubs to be opened by the global express delivery company
this year.

With warehouse space
of over 30,000m2, TNT anticipates growth in capacity of 50 per cent
thanks to the adoption of advanced parcel sortation technology that can process
up to 25,000 parcels per hour.

The company’s investment in the new facility is part of a broader investment in
other super hubs in Melbourne (which will be TNT’s largest in the world) and
Brisbane, both due for completion later this year.

TNT Australia managing director Peter Langley said meeting and exceeding its
customers’ expectations was the prime motivation behind building the new
Erskine Park facility.

“This new super hub enables us to streamline processes and implement some of
the most advanced parcel sortation systems available,” Mr Langley said.

“The reduced processing times, increased accuracy and faster delivery outcomes
will help us to provide even better and more efficient service to our
customers.”

The Erskine Park super hub includes Australia’s first high speed automatic
sortation system for so-called ‘incompatible’ freight (items in excess of 1.5
metres and 30kg).

The new depot also features an automatic pallet deconsolidation process that
reduces the need for manual handling, increasing speed and accuracy while reducing
OH&S risks.

Mr Langley said the Erskine Park site in western Sydney was chosen in part for
its proximity to many of TNT’s high volume customers.

“It is also in an outstanding position for direct freeway connectivity to both
Brisbane and Melbourne – the major freight corridors from Sydney,” he said.

“Erskine Park also has the capacity to absorb high volumes of Domestic Priority
freight, making it well equipped to handle freight from the proposed Badgery’s
Creek airport nearby.”

The new Erskine Park super hub has achieved a best-practice ‘4 Star Green
facility’ rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

450 TNT staff work at the new facility, many of whom have been recruited from
the local area.

Mr Langley said TNT’s significant investment in Erskine Park and its other
super hubs addresses rapidly changing customer needs.

“This has been brought about by the growth in e-commerce and a shift towards
lighter weight, higher volume consignments,” he said.

“Erskine Park and our soon-to-be-completed super hubs in Melbourne and Brisbane
have been purpose-built to address these changes and will enable us to meet the
needs of our customers for many years to come.”