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Karen Adie-Henderson

Associate Vice President, Bolton Distribution Center

Canadian Tire Retail

Monday: 10:15AM - 11:15AM - Kokopelli 2

Track 4 Session: 2

Selling Automation's Value to the C-Suite

Tuesday: 10:15AM - 11:15AM - White Pines

Track 4 Session: 6

Ready, Set, Go Live…Then Stabilize Your DC


Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is a Canadian retail company which sells a wide range of automotive, hardware, sports and leisure, and home products. Some stores also sell toys and food products. Retail operations include: Canadian Tire, the core retail and automotive service operation, which operates a large car repair garage in each store; Canadian Tire Petroleum; Mark's, a men’s, women’s, and work apparel retailer; sporting goods and sportswear retail conglomerate FGL Sports; and PartSource, which retails auto parts and accessories. The company's head office is in Toronto, Ontario. The retailer is known for its Canadian Tire money, a loyalty program first introduced in 1958, where customers are provided with coupons resembling paper money worth 0.4% of their purchase that can be used in subsequent purchases as scrip at Canadian Tire stores and gas stations.

Bolton DC: Canadian Tire Corporation’s (CTC) new Distribution Centre (DC) in Caledon Ontario opened in July 2017. The DC was designed to replace CTC’s Brampton DC, supporting Canadian Tire Retail.

The state-of-the-art facility – equipped with the latest concepts in distribution material handling technology – employs nearly 1,000 people. These jobs range from order pickers to varying maintenance/mechanical roles, and include the highly-skilled jobs required to operate and maintain key areas of the facility. These areas include the automated tire handling system, automated guided vehicles and a sophisticated conveyor and sortation system.

Every aspect of the DC has been built to meet the needs of our employees, the environment and our growing business. The facility has many ground-breaking ‘green’ features, including: LED lighting located throughout the building, which consumes less energy and provides better quality light; and an integrated storm water management system, which collects and redistributes rain water for irrigation of vegetation surrounding the DC.

In 2018, the DC will operationalize hydrogen powered lift trucks, which is significantly more energy efficient than traditional battery-powered lift trucks. The hydrogen will be produced onsite through water electrolysis, making Canadian Tire the first Canadian retailer to produce its own hydrogen.



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