Davis & Shirtliff new distribution centre to help boost capacity

Written By: Ronald Owili

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Davis & Shirtliff is set to enhance distribution of its water and energy solutions across the continent with the new centre it has commissioned at Tatu City.

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The centre with a floor space covering 10,000 square metres is expected to help the firm improve customer experience and play a critical role in addressing perennial water and energy challengers in the region.

“Distribution is the core competence that one needs in this digital age. This investment will greatly enhance distribution capacity to the Groups’ network of 70 branches in nine regional countries as well as facilitating development of the growing e-business, a key Group priority that is going to drive the business into the future,” said Alec Davis, Davis & Shirtliff Chairman.

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According to the firm, the investment includes offices and staff facilities as well as a warehouse and provides a central hub where stock can be stored and efficiently redistributed across different markets within the continent.

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Warehouse features include a single-roof open floor area with extensive racking, self-levelling vehicle docking bays, high specification material handling equipment and a new warehouse management IT system has also been installed.

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“We needed a completely different approach to distribution and a Greenfield project like this was the only option. Previously distribution was centralised at the Company’s Industrial Area Head Office though due to huge growth over the past few years driven by development of the branch network capacity had become overwhelmed. Facilities of a different scale had become vital and that was the genesis of this project,” said Davis.

The new investment has been prompted by the ever-growing demand for water and energy solutions among customers over the years with the firm now selling 200,000 pumps as well as other products annually.

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Davis & Shirtliff expects the new facility to allow for increased stock holding, and, faster delivery of orders to customers across the country.

“We believe we have a strong basis to grow within Africa and become an African brand. We certainly are leading our industry in terms of technology, distribution and product. Through this we offer greatly improved service to our customers that enables us to achieve our Improving Lives purpose and it is a powerful driver for us as we develop this business,” he added.

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