As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, works have now officially begun on the construction of the brand new Podravka logistics and distribution centre (LDC) located in the Danica business zone in Koprivnica. This is the largest investment as part of the Podravka Group’s overall business strategy until the year 2025, and the total value of the project stands at 48 million euros. The planned works will cover 26,000 m2 of gross floor plan area.
“The new Podravka logistics and distribution centre is being built on an area the size of three football fields. This is the largest planned investment within the investment cycle of the Podravka Group, which began back in mid-2021. By realising this investment, we’ll raise the level of customer service we can offer to an even higher level, and make the work of workers working in logistics and in the warehouse significantly easier. It’s extremely important because we’ll be able to significantly reduce the need for internal transport and thus contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The storage locations in Koprivnica and the surrounding area will now be consolidated into one,” said Martina Dalic, President of the Podravka Management Board.
At the beginning of the works on the construction of the new LDC, the implementation of the logistics process optimisation project, which was launched in the middle of 2021, after detailed analyses of the supply chain and established measures to improve the aforementioned processes, is continuing. The completion of the works is expected at the end of 2024.
“The construction project will include a fully automated high-bay warehouse, another warehouse, an administrative building and accompanying roads with all the necessary infrastructure. The total capacity of the new Podravka logistics and distribution centre will be almost 62 thousand pallet places in different temperature regimes, and in the near future, the plan is to connect that with the main export warehouse, which is only a few metres away,” said Tomislav Djuranek, Podravka’s project manager.
The chosen location of the Podravka logistics and distribution centre is located in the immediate vicinity of the company’s factories and enables connection with the existing export warehouse. The realisation of this project will consolidate a large number of current warehouse spaces used for the storage of finished products, raw materials and packaging, which are located in eight different locations.
The up and coming Podravka logistics and distribution centre will meet the expected needs for storage space on the Croatian market in the next decade, and if there is a need, it can be expanded even more in the future. It’s also worth noting that the installation of solar panels on the roofs is planned.
Despite the pressure placed on operating costs due to the exceptional rise in raw material prices and spiralling inflation, the Podravka Group’s investment cycle is progressing according to plan. After the IT and energy reconstruction and the modernisation of Podravka’s business headquarters come investments in improving working conditions in their factories and the implementation of new production lines in the Kalnik and Kokteli pastry factories, the commissioning of a power plant, and the start of the works on the expansion of the soup and Vegeta factories.
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