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New parts distribution centre set to streamline supply chain

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BABCOCK Africa has established a new national parts distribution centre to enhance efficiency of its supply chain process across all the company’s operations.

The streamlined central warehouse will stock spare parts and components for all of Babcock’s business units and will facilitate the swift dispatchment of items to all its national and regional branches.

Babcock delivers engineering support services to the energy, process, mining and construction industries, and is the exclusive regional distributor for many leading international brands.

The wholesale distribution centre is located at what was previously Babcock’s construction equipment warehouse in Johannesburg and is already in full operation under the guidance of Hans Roos, Head of Supply Chain, Babcock Africa.

He said combining an integrated warehouse with a supply chain function was in line with the ‘one Babcock’ ethos that promotes collaboration within the group, and will enhance the business’s operational capabilities and potential.

The warehouse currently holds parts and supports the logistical requirements for DAF Trucks and Babcock’s full suite of construction equipment brands (Volvo Construction Equipment, Tadano, Sennebogen, SDLG and Winget). Plans are underway to incorporate Babcock’s other business units into the national parts distribution centre.

Roos said that the centralised facility is part of Babcock’s new operating model to improve productivity and efficiency. Preparations for the move began last year and had to take into consideration the challenges of establishing a central warehouse that would incorporate all of the company’s existing logistical network lines across the various business units.

Two different computerised management systems were integrated to receive and dispatch stock, while point of sale systems were incorporated into a single platform to efficiently control and manage parts supply.

Marius Barnard, Managing Director for Babcock’s Transport Solutions business, said customers were not affected by this consolidation as the supply chain continued to run smoothly during the move and over-the-counter collection services continued from all branches as usual.

“Our customers will benefit from the improved synchronicity of our services as we create a constant supply chain and improve communication between our centralised parts distribution centre and our branches.”

Barnard said the flow of stock would also improve, as imported parts would arrive at a single entry point for all of Babcock’s business units and can be dispatched to branches in bulk orders.

Roos said the national parts distribution centre also supports Babcock Africa’s contribution to the business’s worldwide ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategy which views sustainability as an integral part of how Babcock operates.

Some of the ways this will be achieved include reducing energy consumption through consolidating various warehouse sites into one, and efficiently managing the impact of Babcock Africa’s operations and those of its supply chain by streamlining the distribution of components.

Ethical governance also comes to the fore through full transparency of the total Babcock supply chain. Babcock’s new streamlined process of distribution is controlled by a single management structure and is overseen by the business’s finance division.

Finance Director at Babcock’s equipment business unit, Tim Ward, said a strong, competent team is managing the new central distribution centre with the goal of creating high levels of sustainability and efficiency within the business.

“The centralised parts distribution process facilitates the importing, storing and distributing of Babcock Africa’s full supply chain, bringing the business together as one Babcock, and provides optimal efficiency, increased productivity and swift customer service,” said Ward.

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