Thursday, September 23, 2010
Nestle Philippines 3rd Mega DC Opens in Mindanao
Nestlé Philippines culminated its vision of streamlining its distribution centers from 27 DCs to three mega DCs with the opening of the Cagayan Distribution Center, its 3rd and newest DC, on June 2, 2010. It is the product of a three-way partnership among Nestlé Philippines Inc., Fast Services Corporation, and One Stop Logistics Solutions Inc.
Chairman and CEO John Martin Miller together with Zone AOA Supply Chain Head Mark Jones, Supply Chain Director Jojit Aguilar, Fast Logistics Corporation President and CEO William Chiongbian II, Magsaysay Transport and Logistics President and CEO Doris Ho, and Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno led the ribbon cutting before guests and well-wishers proceeded to the grounds to listen to their messages.
“Today we open a very important component of our business model, the Cagayan Distribution Center. Nestlé Philippines stands on the threshold of its centenary, and as we look ahead to the next century, I believe that this facility will play an absolute integral role as we continue our mission to nourish and nurture generations of Filipino families,” said John in his welcome remarks.
In his message, Mark Jones underscored the importance of safety, quality, and consumers to the Company. He also wished CDC success in its goal to be the best DC in the Philippines, or even in the Nestlé group. “I truly believe that with the passion, energy and drive that I know you have, one day, this facility can be the best in the Nestlé group.”
For his part, Jojit said, “A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In Nestlé, our mission is to make every link as strong as it can be. CDC is now a part of the Nestlé Supply Chain, and we commit to ensure it is always at its strongest.”
William Chiongbian added that the idea of three DCs “used to just be a dream, now the three mega warehouse concept of Nestlé has seen its fruition.”
Governor Moreno also took the stage to thank and welcome Nestlé Philippines to the region.
CDC is strategically located in Barangay Casinglot, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in the island of Mindanao, 900 meters from the Mindanao International Container Terminal and around 7.6 kms from Cagayan de Oro Factory, the coffee production hub in the country and the ASEAN supply center for filled milk powder. The first two DCs, Meycauayan and Batino, are located in the main island of Luzon, where some two-thirds of the Philippine population of over 85 million live.
Occupying a total property size of 50,000 sqm, CDC is an L-type warehouse. It has 34 loading and unloading docks that can accommodate 30 to 50 trucks daily, hauling around 1.2 million cases of goods per month. The 12-meter high facility has a total capacity of 31,000 pallets that move in and out of the DC, supported by the latest technology. CDC is also equipped with 24/7 CCTV monitoring system to ensure continuity of everyday operations.
The groundbreaking and construction of CDC started in 2008. It was inaugurated in January 2010 with the slogan “Our 1st Leap Towards Best in Class Distribution Center”.
Part of CDC’s vision is to be the greenest and most environmentally friendly among Nestlé’s distribution centers in the Philippines. The DC integrates energy saving and environment conservation measures in its day-to-day operations by using energy efficient lamps, installing a rainwater collection system, and using waterless urinals, to name a few. Solar air-conditioning system is also used in the office general work area, which consumes up to 50% less energy than conventional air-conditioning units.
As Doris Ho enthused in her speech, “As CDC goes full blast with this grand opening today, we commit that we will exert all our energy and dedication to work with our Nestlé counterparts to make CDC the best and safest DC in the world!”
SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (June 30, 2010)