Nisbets has opened a new head office, showroom and distribution centre in Highbrook, after thirty years at its previous site. David Edkins, regional general manager at Nisbets New Zealand, said that the move signalled the real arrival of Nisbets in New Zealand.
“We wanted to increase the range, availability and speed that customers got products, and that’s what this facility allows us to do,” he said. “The new showroom also allows us to showcase the broad range of products that are available”
The company entered the New Zealand market in September 2017, and immediately began a rebranding process, most notably with the launch of the new website in September 2018. The new warehouse allows all stock to be located in-house while streamlining stock replenishment processes with the Nisbets group.
The old facility could not hold a high level of stock, and the new premises means that the company can increase its range and depth of stock. The move also coincides with an expansion of the product range, with Nisbets bringing in around 1500 additional product lines. The new lines will bring the product offering to over 5000 SKU’s. The new line launch will complement the existing back of house range, with more front of house product ranges.
While the warehousing design came from the UK, Edkins said that the new site was a cut above.
“We’re setting the new benchmark for Nisbets around the world,” Edkins said. “The new warehousing system means that not only do we have more space, but we can increase the speed with which we distribute products around the country.”
In the future, Edkins wants to change the way that people buy catering equipment in New Zealand.
“We’ve got a huge opportunity to lead the way in equipment e-commerce,” he said. “We want to make it really easy for customers to get what they need.”
The new showroom is located at 23 Business Parade North, Highbrook, Auckland.