Space-efficient ColbyRACK system optimises new Malmar DC storage

Malmar Enterprises, one of Australia’s leading wholesale distributors of gifts, novelty products, toys and homewares, has developed a purpose-built distribution centre (DC) at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.

A key feature of Malmar Enterprises new DC is its comprehensive range of space-efficient ColbyRACK pallet and carton storage systems, which closely follow the DC’s building column profile, optimising storage capacity and enabling Malmar to store up to 9,000 pallets within the 9,000 sqm distribution facility.

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Pictured: Malmar Group Director, Dave Turner (left), with Alex Heska, Total Storage Systems.

Malmar Group Director, Dave Turner, said: “A lot of our products are in big and bulky cartons, so utilising storage space efficiently is essential in order to minimise our warehousing costs.” 

Mr Turner added: “We see handling our own distribution as a core strength.”

“As part of our business model, Malmar has developed several warehouses over the past decade, and we’ve learned a lot over the years.

“One of our key findings has been that not all storage systems are equal.”

Malmar’s previous DC was constrained with 8 m high racking, with the building’s fire protection system adversely impacting the operational efficiency of the system.

The DC’s new high-density storage system was designed to remove all of the operational restrictions inherent in the previous system. The new ColbyRACK storage systems have enabled Malmar to significantly improve the efficiency of the DC’s order picking, packing and shipping operations.