The Albex Group has announced the opening of a new multi-million-pound, purpose-built depot in Daventry. The 73,000 square foot facility adds significant capacity to their existing nationwide network of depots in Bristol, Livingston, Leeds and Lewes. It brings total capacity across the HMS Group to more than 200,000 square feet.
The Daventry depot has been purpose-built and embraces the latest warehouse and logistics thinking. Its layout has been designed to maximise efficiency and with a fully digital Warehouse Management System (WMS) it will reduce lead times to customers. The depot will service two Albex companies - Kent Foods’ food manufacturing customers and BFP’s bakery customers in the Midlands and Home Counties.
The new facility has capacity for up to 10,000 ambient pallets and will also house refrigeration units for chilled and frozen ingredients. It has opened with a core team of five full-time staff and it is envisaged that this will rise to forty staff once the depot is at full capacity.
Albex Group Operations Director Michael Dalglish comments: “We chose Daventry for our latest expansion because of its strategic location in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of logistics with quick access to three arterial motorways linking Daventry to the rest of the UK. As home to dozens of major logistics businesses, being in the ‘Golden Triangle’ also means that our depot is staffed by a highly experienced team.”
The new depot replaces and expands the capacity lost when the Kent Foods and BFP depot in Basildon was destroyed by fire in September 2020.