Shoprite Botswana recently opened its own world-class distribution centre (DC) in Taung, Gaborone. The 3,700 m² state-of-the-art facility – the first of its kind in the country that can handle storage across multiple temperature disciplines – contains tropical ripening rooms as well as value-added packing facilities. Most of the space – some 2,700 m² – will be occupied by Freshmark, Shoprite Group’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying and distribution arm.
The distribution centre used to be a warehouse and was retrofitted to comply with the retailer’s high standards. The specialist facility contains multi-temperature cold rooms to store the full range of fruit and vegetables at the best temperature for maximum freshness and shelf life.
The greatest benefit of the Taung DC is that it allows local farmers and producers to deliver directly to Shoprite for ease of distribution and enables the retailer to further add value through re-packaging. The Group is committed to supporting local suppliers in all the African countries in which it trades.
Shoprite opened its first store in Botswana in 1998 and now operates 14 supermarkets in the country.