UK: Ocado "planning warehouse openings" to boost capacity
Ocado has not revealed any more info on talks that it has decided where its third distribution centre will be
Ocado has refused to comment on reports it has drawn up a short list of potential sites to house a third and fourth giant warehouse which, it is hoped, would boost its grocery delivery capacity by 50%.
According to a report published by This is Money, the company is considering sites near Leeds and Manchester to establish one facility and is also looking to the South East to open another warehouse.
A spokesperson for the online retailer told just-food that in the past Ocado has highlighted plans for further distribution centres however "there is no guidance as to where or when that will be".
Ocado currently operates distribution centres in Dordon and Hatfield. Last year the company partnered Morrison's for an online offering. At the end of last week, the group posted a market-beating increase of 20.1% in sales for the Christmas period.
Ocado CEO Tim Steiner suggested the group's growth reflected "improvements to our proposition" as well as a growing appetite among UK consumers to shop online.
- Work on sugar could stir more clean-label concerns
- Rise of prepared foods in US grocers - analysis
- Are consumers getting tired of consuming?
- Hershey results, outlook, M&A - the top takeaways
- How are brands organising for e-commerce?
- Nestle, R&R Ice Cream finalise joint venture plans
- Fazer buys European biscuit brands from Mondelez
- Hershey buys company behind BarkThins brand
- Mondelez sees stronger margins, LFL growth
- Pinnacle Foods names Mondelez's Mark Clouse CEO