MHK Logistics launches cold chain hub in Ras Al Khor
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MHK Logistics has opened its new cold chain distribution centre in Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, partnering with local STOW representatives Genavco for the installation of semi-automated shuttle racking.
“This facility is 65,000 square feet, with 14 chambers and 6,000 pallet positions in total. Its purpose built to our requirements and we’ll be working closely with 3PLs requiring this kind of facility in this area,” says P. P. Kariappa, CEO, MHK.
“We can adjust the temperature in all 14 of the chambers independently, with Genavco having supplied the STOW shuttle racking. Initially we were going to go with conventional racking, but then we decided that if we’re going to invest in this facility, we should invest in state of the art material handling and storage systems as well,” he adds.
MHK chose Ras Al Khor Industrial Area because it is more central to the Northern Emirates and Sharjah.
“We purchased this plot of land and initially we were going to develop a general logistics facility, but as we planned the project we realised that actually there is a significant requirement in this area for cold chain operations,” says Kariappa.
MHK decided to use shuttle racking because they wanted to maximise the storage capacity within each chamber. “Shuttle racking increases the capacity of each chamber, the number of pallet positions we can handle, and also the picking and sorting time,” says Kariappa.
“It makes our operations more economical and also enhances our revenues,” he added.
According to Kariappa, MHK went with STOW after considering all the major shuttle racking providers in the region.
“We chose STOW because we wanted a globally respected name, but also we wanted the 24/7 after sales support that they provide and we were very impressed by what they did for the new IKEA Distribution Centre,” he explains. “We looked at all five of the big racking systems provided, but STOW led the pack in terms of quality and dependability.”
“Another deciding factor was the fact that when it comes to automation STOW are able to provide the racking itself as well as the machines, whereas most other racking providers work with a third party for the machines,” says Kariappa.