A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) continues to enhance its omnichannel-fulfilment capabilities in the Philippines by adding a 100,000 sqm warehouse in Calamba, Laguna. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on November 9, 2022, and the new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
An hour’s drive from Manila, the new warehouse will connect to the regional industrial centre where major manufacturers operate. The facility will be operated by the newly formed Maersk omnichannel-fulfilment team after its successful acquisition of the contract logistics company – LF Logistics. The total area is equivalent to almost three times LF Logistics’ current multi-service distribution centre in the province of Rizal. It will enhance the overall warehouse and distribution footprint further in the Philippines.
“Maersk’s strategic ambition is to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains. By combining LF Logistics’ strength in the Philippines and strong expertise in our omnichannel-fulfilment operations, we will extend the scope of our logistics offerings closer to the end consumers. Expanding the warehousing footprint and omnichannel-fulfilment competence is crucial to our strategic growth. I’m delighted that we’ll make another step forward with this new facility,” said Erry Hardianto, Area Managing Director of Maersk Indonesia and Philippines.
The facility will integrate LF Logistics’ key service offerings into Maersk’s product portfolios, including value-added services, distribution services, order management, and end-to-end E-commerce. It will have a 75,000-pallet storage capacity with state-of-the-art distribution centre technologies like pallet shuttles, automated sortation, put-to-light, yard management systems, and track-and-trace capabilities. It will meet the needs of retail, pharmaceutical and E-Commerce customers.
“Building this mega facility in South Luzon enables us to provide a more agile, resilient, and more flexible end-to-end supply chain, complementing the infrastructure and network we have built and sustained over the past two decades in the Philippines. This project will also help create 800 job opportunities for the surrounding communities, aligned with our corporate social responsibility,” added Jocelyn Ramos, Senior Vice President, Head of Country and Business Development of LF Logistics in the Philippines.
The build-to-specification agreement has been signed with local developer Precos, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Solid Group, Inc., guaranteeing a 15-year lease. Moreover, Maersk endeavours to build the first warehouse in the Philippines to be Gold Certified in the LEED rating system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), promoting sustainability in eco-friendly practices from design to development.
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