Inside Logistics

Roots doubling size of DC

New facility in GTA will open in 2019

May 16, 2018

TORONTO – Iconic Canadian clothing retailer Roots plans to move to a new 209,000 square foot multi-channel distribution centre in the Peel Region, which encompasses Mississauga, Brampton and the Pearson airport, to support long-term growth and drive operating efficiencies.

“Moving from our current 60-year-old DC and bringing our retail and e-commerce fulfillment into a single Roots-operated facility is an important step in driving long-term growth and efficiencies within our business,” said Jim Gabel, president and CEO of Roots.

“We are significantly increasing our capacity to better support our expanding North American retail footprint and growing e-commerce business. With one DC for our direct-to-consumer channels and a new warehouse management technology platform, we are confident we will lower our cost per unit for shipping and reduce delivery times to our consumers and stores. Further, as a company with a rich Canadian heritage, we are excited to be investing in our local community and creating new job opportunities.”

Roots delivers products to customers through its store network, online platform and international partnerships. As of February 3, 2018, the company integrated omni-channel footprint included 116 company retail stores in Canada, three company retail stores in the United States, 110 partner-operated stores in Taiwan, 32 partner-operated stores in China and a global e-commerce platform.

Roots currently operates its own DC for its retail store operations and uses a third-party for its e-commerce fulfillment. With the new DC, Roots will integrate these two existing distribution operations, which have distinct inventories, into a single technology-enabled facility.

The new DC will be supported by a tier one warehouse management system, as well as enhanced technology and increased levels of automation, all of which is expected to improve speed, productivity and throughput at the DC.

The lease for the new DC commences in August 2018, with the expectation that the facility will be fully up and running by mid-2019. The new facility is approximately double the size of Roots existing DC, includes more than six times the number of shipping/receiving docks and has double the ceiling height to accommodate more rack space.