The largest transport and logistics ‘super hub’ in TNT’s global network is under construction at Tullamarine.
The 38,000 square metres facility – big enough to house more than five soccer pitches – occupies nearly a third of the 121,000 square metres site near Tullamarine Airport and is due for completion in July 2015.
The new depot will open for business in September 2015 and operate as TNT’s Victorian head office and as a hub to other TNT depots in regional Victoria and Tasmania.
The new facility’s automated parcel sortation system will be able to process up to 18,500 parcels per hour – a 60 per cent increase on TNT Melbourne’s current capacity.
TNT Australia’s regional director, Southern Region, Rod Barnes, said the new facility is a significant investment in the local area and will enable TNT to provide its customers with the level of service they demand.
“The equipment at our main TNT Melbourne facility at Laverton has all but reached capacity, and with continued growth in demand we knew we wouldn’t be able to maintain the high level of service our customers expect without making this investment,” Barnes said.
“This brought about a step-change in thinking about how a facility should be set up to serve our customers’ changing needs, brought about by the growth in e-commerce and a shift to lighter weight, higher volume consignments. The new Tullamarine depot is being purpose-built to address these changes and capacity constraints, and we expect it will meet TNT’s projected needs for at least the next 15 years,” Barnes said.