A streamlined central warehouse will stock spare parts and components for all of Babcock’s business units and will facilitate the swift dispatch of items to all its national and regional branches. 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 experienced guidance of Hans Roos, Head of Supply Chain, Babcock Africa. He says that combining an integrated warehouse with a supply chain function is 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 logistics 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.
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 Babcock’s existing logistics 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, comments, “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,” adds Marius.
He says that the flow of stock will also improve, as imported parts will arrive at a single entry point for all of Babcock’s business units and can be dispatched to branches in bulk orders. Other advantages of the centralised parts distribution model include:
- A reduction of layers and complexity within the supply chain process resulting in more accountability and agility
- Improved support and empowerment of staff across all Babcock businesses and dealership branches
- Standardisation of existing processes which will provide more consistency across the businesses
- The ability to deliver benchmark services to customers as well as internal and external stakeholders.
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 the company operates.
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, says 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.