Behind-the-scenes look at Takealot’s massive distribution centre
Category Market Trends and Industry News
Should the Competition Commission approve the transaction, Takealot said the money will be used to get it to cash flow break-even.
To provide an idea of the scale of its operation and what it will be upgrading as it grows, Takealot provided MyBroadband with access to its Johannesburg distribution centre.
Takealot operates two large distributions centres – one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg – and employs over 1,200 staff.
Several upgrades at the centres have been completed, with more underway to better handle the peak holiday shopping season (October to December).
Takealot plans to streamline its warehouses so that pickers don’t have to traverse long distances.
Currently, a single order can take a picker all over the distribution centre.
With the upgrade, Takealot pickers will place goods from their section onto a conveyor, which will carry it to a point where orders are consolidated.
Author: Jan Vermeulen