Mumbai-based pharmacy retail chain Wellness Forever has launched its Zero Error Distribution Centre (ZEDC), a completely automated state-of-the-art warehousing facility for pharma, lifestyle, wellness, FMCG products, strategically located in the logistics park near Bhiwandi on Mumbai-Nashik highway.
Spread across over 1,00,000 sq.ft., the facility will cover the company’s supply chain for Maharashtra. The ZEDC (Zero Error Distribution Centre) is designed and equipped with future ready technologies with entirely automated ready-made back-end. Addressing industry inefficiencies related to supply-chain management and cold-chain management, the new facility has been launched with an aim of providing error free distribution, increase dependability, provide complete ownership of back-end operations to improve supply chain and to eliminate any possibility of spurious drugs, as well as to optimise efficiency with a Punch-to-Pack time of less than an hour.
The centre has two separate jumbo-size walk-in Cold-Rooms spread across 40,000 sq.ft of ambient temperature equipped with advanced cold chain infrastructure to efficiently manage storage and supply of temperature sensitive products including vaccines, anti-cancer drugs, biological products and blood products.
Commenting on the launch, Gulshan Bakhtiani, Co-Founder and Director, Finance & Strategy, Wellness Forever said, “Supply chain management and efficacy are critical aspects in pharmaceuticals as it affects human lives, giving no scope of errors. Our Zero Error Distribution Centre is ‘re-designed to re-define’ the same.”
Ashraf Biran, Co-Founder and Director Operations said, “Wellness Forever is bringing about a paradigm shift in the Pharma Warehousing and Logistics, by setting up our ZEDC, one of India’s first state of the art facilities. Backed by this new facility, Wellness Forever will strategically expand its presence and improve overall efficiencies and better serve ends customers.”
Mohan Chavan, Director, Supply-Chain and Logistics at Wellness Forever said “Our ZEDC solves several industry challenges among them the two biggest pain-points being Supply-Chain Management and Cold-Chain Management. It also facilitates storing and supply of temperature sensitive products like vaccines, anti-cancer drugs, biological products, blood products, and ensures efficient logistics management”.
The company plans to open two more ZEDCs in Karnataka and Goa in the next 18 months. The company recently raised equity funding of INR 200 million from a consortium of reputed HNIs and Family Offices led by Rajiv Dadlani Group. The consortium of investors includes Rajiv Dadlani Group, RAAY Global Investments, Thakral Family Companies (Singapore) and Allana Group (Middle-East), amongst others.