Our geographical footprint

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South Africa

Our South African distribution centres serve their regions from a centralised location. These regional distribution centres usually consist of warehousing, cold storage, and packing stations.

Of these, four deliver to neighbouring countries. The Build it and S Buys distribution centres supply building materials and pharmaceutical products respectively, nationwide.

The South Rand distribution centre is the largest in the group, at a total of 61 000 m2. It is the only distribution centre with a fully automated crane system as part of the inland consolidation centre, which is being ramped up to serve the North Rand and Lowveld distribution centres.

The Build it distribution centre operates on the SPAR system and uses third-party distribution for deliveries outside KwaZulu-Natal.

Read more about the S Buys distribution centre in the case study.



Two distribution centres and a depot serve retailers in Ireland and South West England. The national distribution centre in Kilcarbery outside Dublin provides chilled, ambient and alcohol products to EUROSPAR, SPAR, MACE, Londis, XL and Value Centres Cash and Carry stores in Ireland. The distribution centre site covers an area of 240 sq ft (22 230 m2) and encompasses about 9 550 stock-keeping units. We handle more than 900 000 case movements weekly and deliver about 22.6 million cases per year to stores – all managed through a voice-driven warehouse management system.

The site operates for 24 hours, six days a week and has sophisticated security systems. Kilcarbery has 302 employees, comprising permanent and agency employees who work in central billing, customer services, warehouse, and stock control and transport.

The transport division supplements leased vehicles with partnerships with dedicated subcontractors. The national distribution centre recently implemented bespoke drawbar trailers to service direct deliveries nationwide from Kilcarbery.

Appleby Westward is the SPAR retail distribution centre in Saltash, Cornwall. It services stores in Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth in the East, Helston, Falmouth and Truro in the West and Bristol, and Bath in the North. The retail distribution centre has strict 24-hour order lead times and ships an average of 5.7 million ambient and 5.3 million chilled cases per annum.

Appleby Westward also operates a multi-temperature depot in Cullompton, Devon. Both facilities use voice technology to operate all warehouse functions, from goods receiving to product assembly. Both sites operate a fleet of modern vehicles, which have an excellent compliance record with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.



The St Gallen distribution centre consists of a modern 33 000 m2 facility that houses the central office function and handles the distribution of dry goods and perishables to our network of stores. Frozen goods warehousing and distribution are managed by a third party. Radio frequency, voice picking, and fleet management technology improve productivity and efficiency in our business. This is critical given the high average labour cost in Switzerland.