Ocado, the online grocer, is to open its sixth UK warehouse as it ramps up growth plans, but this time with a smaller format RDC.
The 150,000 sq ft Bristol customer fulfilment centre follows a deal with landlord and developer St Modwen. The floorplate is less than half of the 304,000 sq ft warehouse now being developed at Segro’s Purfleet logistics parks. The reduced size is due to efficiencies in the Ocado supply chain.
Ocado Group chief executive Tim Steiner said: “We can now deliver the best customer experience across a whole range of customer missions, through customer fulfilment centres, mini-CFCs, and micro fulfilment centres.
“Ocado’s technology is dynamic and constantly improving, delivered through tried and tested solutions with proven and attractive economics.
The Bristol centre will be operational s late 2020 or early 2021. Construction work on the Purfleet CFC began in September.
Both signings follow the fire at its 780,000 sq ft warehouse in Andover, a disaster that cost the firm more than £98 million.