- The logistics hub will house a dry goods warehouse and a refrigerated warehouse
- The dry goods warehouse will offer 41,000 pallet positions while the refrigerated warehouse will offer 17,500 pallet positions
- The facility is targeted to open within the second quarter of 2021
- Rollout of more international standard logistics centers eyed over the next few years
MetroPac Movers, Inc. (MMI) will soon begin construction of a modern logistics hub in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna that will house a dry goods warehouse and a refrigerated warehouse in a bid to tap into the growing demand for logistics services, the company said in a statement.
This follows the recent signing of a lease agreement for the logistics center between MMI and real estate property developer Markeenlo Realty, Inc.
The facility will be built over a 52,000-square-meter site located along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road in Sta. Rosa City, two kilometers from the South Luzon Expressway.
The dry goods warehouse will offer 41,000 pallet positions while the refrigerated warehouse will offer 17,500 pallet positions.
The facility is targeted to open within the second quarter of 2021 and will create 550 new jobs in Laguna.
The new logistics center is also the first of a planned rollout of international-standard logistics centers over the next few years, according to MMI.
Both warehouses will feature international-standard facilities including product security systems, radio frequency inventory control systems, fire and safety systems. The refrigerated warehouse will offer storage temperatures of between +20°C and -25°C.
Jose Ma. K. Lim, president and chief executive officer of MMI and its parent company Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, said: “The Sta. Rosa logistics center will integrate with the operating systems of our key customers and drive supply chain efficiencies. We will deliver real value to our customers, focusing on the critical metrics of this business – truck turn-around times, inventory accuracy, product security and service quality.”
He added, “We know the pain points of the logistics industry in the Philippines and these facilities and operating systems are being designed specifically to address these issues. We are very excited to get these facilities built and operational.”
The logistics centers will be located on major transport arteries “to reduce the overall supply chain costs of our customers and increase the efficiencies of moving products to factories, to warehouses, to retail outlets, and to end consumers.”
“Strong underlying growth fundamentals and the emergence of online retail are increasing the demand for logistics warehousing throughout Southeast Asia. This facility will address both a regional and domestic requirement for high grade industrial assets, which can support sophisticated supply chain operations,” said Tom Over, director for Industrial & Logistics of real estate consultancy firm, Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines. JLL Philippines brokered the property lease agreement between MMI and Markeenlo Realty, Inc.