Correction & Clarification
The article title ‘GK seeks new manager for H&L warehouse’ published, September 13, 2013, incorrectly named the current manager of the GraceKennedy distribution centre at Bernard Lodge as Landstar of Jacksonville, Florida. The centre has been managed since February 2011 by Logistical Distribution & Services Limited.
GraceKennedy Limited has advertised for a new manager of warehousing and inventory management for its retail subsidiary Hardware & Lumber Limited, a service which it outsources.
H&L retails and wholesales building materials, home improve-ment supplies and household items through its Rapid TrueValue stores, and agricultural products through Agro Grace.
Group CEO of GraceKennedy Don Wehby said the tender has been issued. Bids are due by September 30.
"Consistent with the policies of GraceKennedy, the services must be put out to tender at the end of the existing contract period, " Wehby said.
H&L currently does J$6 billion of sales annually.
Average inventory at the warehousing facility located at Spanish Town Road, Kingston is approximately J$1.5 billion, the company said.
The business requires the receival, storage, and dispatch of large volumes of inventory to H&L's network of stores.
"We believe that the outsourcing of the warehouse operations has contributed to the improved efficiency of the business and will continue to do so in the future," Wehby said.
All employees currently involved in the management of the warehouse are employed to the existing service provider.
H&L Chief Executive Officer Andrea Coy declined to name the current provider, which has held the contract since November 2010, nor would she say whether the company would be among the current bidders.
GraceKennedy also operates a 235,000-square-foot distribution centre at Bernard Lodge, St Catherine, for GK's food businesses, Grace Food International, Grace Food and Services, World Brand Services, and Hi-Lo Food Stores.
Transport and logistics company Landstar, of Jacksonville, Florida, has managed the Bernard Lodge distribution centre for GraceKennedy since 2010.