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Sainsbury’s set to open first dedicated online fulfilment centre

Sainsbury’s has announced plans to open its first dedicated online fulfilment centre to support its internet grocery business in London.

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Sainsbury’s set to open first dedicated online fulfilment centre

Sainsbury’s has announced plans to open its first dedicated online fulfilment centre to support its internet grocery business in London.

The facility in Bromley-By-Bow in east London, which is set to open within “the next few years”, will help to meet what the retailer says is a growing demand in London and the South East.

When fully operational, the 185,000 sq ft facility will enable the supermarket to serve an additional 20,000 customers each week, although the majority of online orders will continue to be picked and handled in the supermarkets. The new facility will create 375 jobs.

The news follows Sainsbury’s online grocery business reaching the milestone of annualised sales of £1 billion in September. The supermarket’s online business now delivers to over 190,000 customers every week with sales growth of 15% per year.

Jon Rudoe, Sainsbury’s director of online, digital & cross-channel, said: "We work hard to ensure we deliver the very best service to our customers and the opening of the new Centre will enable us to maintain this. The site will be purpose built with the Sainsbury’s customer in mind and will support our existing store based operation, something that will continue to be the foundation of our online grocery business.

"I am confident that this new facility will take our online grocery operation to the next level and put us in a perfect position to meet the growing demand in London and the South East."

Sainsbury’s first launched its online grocery business in 1999 and it has now grown to employ over 10,000 staff either in-store or as drivers, operating out of 214 stores across the UK.

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