Plumbing and heating distributor Primaflow F&P has opened an 100,000-sqft distribution centre in Birmingham, replacing the company’s previous 40,000-sqft facility.
The new hub is equipped with technology to help streamline the ordering and delivery process for its customer base.
Consolidating together its Connections packaged plumbing and Primaflow teams, the centre will employ a total of 100 staff, which will also include new employees
The distribution centre’s additional capacity will also enable the company to hold stock ‘buy-ins’ and increase availability to customers nationwide.
Operations director of Primaflow F & P John Peck, said: “This new high-tech facility enables us to enhance our customer proposition significantly, from end to end.
“Cutting-edge technology, including handheld terminals and printers, will ensure precision accuracy in terms of order fulfilment, picking and despatch, whilst the increased capacity enables us to strengthen our product range further, to suit customers’ evolving needs.”
The Primaflow operation will now have 11,000 product locations available, with a 30% increase in pallet locations – including bulk palletising and pallet picking – creating space for future growth.
The new facility follows on from the opening of the wholesaler’s 100,000-square foot Bedford distribution warehouse, which – along with a Wakefield-based hub – houses the wholesaler’s plumbing, heating and bathroom range.
Products from all sectors of the business are available for delivery next working day across the UK (when ordered before 5pm on weekdays), carried by Primaflow F&P’s dedicated fleet.
John Peck concluded: “Our investment will help us explore new technologies and create innovative ways to deliver the best available plumbing, heating and bathroom products to our customers.”