In the Philippines, HAVI is responding to the anticipated growth of its customers and the country’s budding quick service restaurant (QSR) sector as it begins construction of a new distribution center (DC) strategically located at Plaridel in Bulacan, to the north of Metro Manila.
In June, senior HAVI leaders joined their partners to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony and start of work on the long-awaited Plaridel DC. The modern facility is set to open in late 2020 and will cover nearly 10,000m2, leaving the rest of its 16,627m2 site vacant to accommodate future construction. This is good news for customers as HAVI expands and streamlines its warehousing capabilities in the Philippines to support the expansion of all its current customers while leaving capacity to bring on board new customers.
Strategically, the new DC’s location in Plaridel is important for HAVI, its customers – and the Philippines. The area has been earmarked as a focal point for addressing growing urban challenges such as population growth as well as road, air and sea port congestion. Construction of the new Bulacan Airport is expected to start soon and North Luzon already has the road and port infrastructure in place to support local business expansion.
Speaking about this exciting investment in the market, Crispin Aquino, Managing Director, HAVI Philippines, explains: “Locating our latest DC in Plaridel will also help to improve our own transport efficiency on behalf of customers. Many existing HAVI suppliers are already based in North Luzon, which will smooth product supply to customer outlets. Cutting inter-warehouse transfers, meanwhile, will simplify route management, enabling our teams to deliver the HAVI promise even faster and more efficiently.”