Catch Group has acquired a new 22,000 sqm warehouse located near its current facilities west of Melbourne, which will provide the ecommerce company with the capacity needed for the next five years of expected growth.
The new Truganina facility also has a mezzanine flooring adding another 5,000 sqm to the warehouse. The new facility will double the 26,000 sqm of warehouse space the company has already.
Catch said it offers approximately 35,000 SKUs from its own stock stored in its warehouse and ships more than 10,000 parcels a day at peak times. In addition, the website already offers in excess of 1.9 million SKUs via its marketplace platform and over 1.2 million active customers.
The warehouse will feature the innovative Knapp multi-shuttle robotic system, an automated storage system that plays a central role in an intralogistics system, efficiently storing a large proportion of stock in minimal space.
The company said this 84-shuttle, state-of-the-art system, will provide Catch with much greater capacity and throughput to continue fulfilling customer orders within best practice delivery times.
The warehouse would be fully operational by next January service by current employees and allowing for additional staff.
Nati Harpaz, CEO and managing director at Catch Group said, “Catch Group has been experiencing significant growth over the last two years, as we continue to expand our product offering and grow our Marketplace. Today’s announcement is a direct result of the increasing demand for our services, providing our highly engaged customer base great value on quality brands, everyday.
“Furthermore, the new warehouse will allow us to continue to expand the range of products we offer through In-stock and widen several categories such as pantry and fast-moving consumer goods. The Catch customer expects us to tick all the boxes – great prices, well known brands as well as fast delivery and with this warehouse we will continue to meet our customer needs for the next few years.”
Along with the investment in logistics, the company announced it Gary Levin as the new chairman of the board. Levin is also a non-executive director of Baby Bunting and a former non-exectuive director of JB Hi-Fi.
Also joining the board are independent non-executive directors Susan Forrester and Evonne Collier.
The new board members will join existing CEO and Managing Director Nati Harpaz and Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director Gabby Leibovich.
Harpaz said, “I’m excited to welcome this group of incredibly talented individuals to the board of Catch Group. Each individual brings with them a suite of skills that will be vital to the business and its 1.2 million active customer base.”
Levin said, “Catch Group has a highly engaged customer base and an established position in the market, offering a distinctive customer value proposition that differentiates it from its peers. The team at Catch Group has done a sensational job in building one of the leading online retail players in the market, in part due to its entrepreneurial and experienced management team.”