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QuayPack offers new wine bottle storage service

Posted on 10/12/2014

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QuayPack has expanded its cargo consolidation service at Port Nelson to include wine bottle storage. Shed 8, formerly leased for urea transfer, is now being used to house more than 2,000 pallets of bottles for glass and packaging companies Chandler Resources and Orora Beverages. Bottle and packaging storage and distribution for Moa Brewing will also begin in late December.

“We’ve had enquiries about bottle storage at the Port for some time,” says QuayPack’s Russell Dannefaerd who is handling logistics for the bottle storage facility, “but with urea now being delivered directly to the plant in Lower Queen Street rather than transiting here an opportunity has presented itself for us to provide an empty bottle storage service.”

Wine bottles of various colours, shapes and sizes are stacked in the QuayPack warehouses, with RF scanning and an attached warehouse management system (WMS) being used to control and record stock movements.

The experienced forklift drivers in the QuayPack team are crucial for avoiding any breakages, says Russell. “The bottles certainly make a lot of noise when they are being moved, especially when the forklift goes over a bump, but our drivers are used to handling fragile cargo and they do a great job.”

The wine bottles themselves come from China and Australia and are destined for vineyards in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough once they leave the Port.

“It’s amazing how many wine bottles are handled in Nelson and Marlborough,” says Russell, “and we’re only seeing a fraction of them.”

(Photo of Russell Dannefaerd by Tim Cuff)