Cotton On Group Africa Campus

Behind-The-Scenes At The New Cotton On Group Africa Campus

The Sandton Times managed to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly launched Cotton On Group Africa Campus in Waterfall, consisting of a R300-million new headquarters and distribution centre looking after Southern Africa.

 

  • Cotton On is one of Australia’s largest global fashion brands.
  • The Group operates 167 retail outlets nationally and 1’400 stores in 22 countries, and 18’000 team members internationally.
  • The new has been built with both logistical efficiencies and people’s well-being in mind.
  • Visit www.sandtontimes.co.za for more stories.

 

Ever wondered what happens after you’ve clicked purchase on either the Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Cotton On Kids, Factorie or Typo website? Chances are, that purchase will be coming out of the brand new central office and distribution centre for the Cotton On Group known as the Cotton On Group Africa Campus.

 

The new central office and distribution centre in greater Sandton known as the Cotton On Group Africa Campus, is geared towards delivering fast and efficient delivery of orders, be it online or in-store. Featuring one the fastest supply chains in the world, the 22’000 sqm warehouse is geared to processing 6’000 e-commerce orders per day, 200’000 units to its retail network daily and over 20-million units per year.

 

Construction started in January 2021 and, since June 2022, 2.2-million units have been moved from the company’s former premises in Pomona to the new site – more than 100 truckloads of stock.

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
Country Manager for the Cotton On Group in Southern Africa, Natalie Wills and Candice Agustoni, PR & Social Media Manager, welcome everyone to the opening tour of the Africa Campus. Image: The Sandton Times

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
The centre features Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) storage and a pick mezzanine for unitised picking for store, wholesale and e-commerce orders. Image: The Sandton Times

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
Built for growth and scale, an additional 50% of space will cater for future e-commerce processing. Image: The Sandton Times

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
Not only is the new Cotton On Group Africa Campus kind to the environment and highly efficient logistically, employee wellness, safety and a harmonious work environment have been prioritized. Image: The Sandton Times

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
There is a state-of-the-art gym with personal trainer available, meal delivery services, coffee machines, wi-fi for all, and plants to increase productivity and replenish focus. Image: The Sandton Times

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
Each of the company’s divisions has their own brand room that represents the core themes of their brand…any guesses which brand this is? Image: The Sandton Times

But that’s not all. Earlier this year, the Cotton On group published The Good Report, detailing sustainability as central to its purpose, making public its commitment to water, plastic and waste reduction, carbon neutrality, ethical sourcing, the use of recycled materials, sustainable packaging, uplifting women, the use of natural materials and more. This ethos was central to the design and construction of the new premises.

 

Combining grey water harvesting, a 200 kWp solar power plant, LED lighting, proximity sensors to reduce energy usage and an indigenous landscape, the new site was designed to operate with minimal impact to the environment. The company is currently transitioning all plastic polybags to be made with recycled plastic.

 

Cotton On Group Africa Campus
Both the head office and warehouse staff enjoy the same facilities and services with welcoming entrances and chill areas replicated at the two entry points. Image: The Sandton Times

The new bespoke site has been designed to deliver the best possible experience for our customers and to provide our team with a great place to work. The campus was designed with a ‘People First’ culture approach, which underpins what our brand stands for, puts us in good stead to continue our excellent customer service processes, and is an extension of our commitment to making a positive impact in all areas of our business.

// Country Manager for the Cotton On Group in Southern Africa, Natalie Wills

 

The pressure is now on to see if the new Cotton On Group Africa Campus can handle the ultimate test of Black Friday and Christmas, later on this year!

 

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