Sainsburys to create 900 jobs at new online fulfilment centre and also trials same day delivery
Sainsburys is to create 900 jobs at its new online fulfilment centre in Bromley-by-Bow in east London. The supermarket has also announced plans to trial same day online grocery deliveries at three stores in London and the South East.
Due to open in the autumn, the 185,000 square foot fulfilment facility will cater for the growing demand in the capital for Sainsbury’s online groceries service. Recruitment has just begun for the first 470 jobs and the supermarket plans to recruit another 430 people by 2020. The roles are a mixture of drivers, order pickers, product replenishers and managers.
Robbie Feather, Sainsbury’s director of online, said: “Demand for our online delivery service in the capital continues to grow. We expect this trend to continue as more and more customers enjoy the flexibility of multi-channel shopping using our groceries website and app, in addition to visiting stores.
“Our online orders are currently picked from supermarket stores across the UK and this model will continue, but the Bromley-by-Bow Centre will help us keep pace with demand in London, enabling us to fulfil another 25,000 orders per week.”
The fulfilment centre is being created at the former Royal Mail building, which is being redeveloped and fitted with the latest automation and picking technology.
The three stores taking part in the same day delivery trail include Sainsbury’s Streatham Common, Richmond and Brookwood in Surrey. Customers who order by 12pm will be able to receive their shopping in four to six hours, dependent upon whether they choose to ‘Click & Collect’, or book a home delivery. Assuming the trials are successful, same-day online grocery delivery will be available in 30 stores by Christmas.
Feather said: “As our online sales grow we are seeing an increasing proportion of orders placed for next day delivery, so this trial is a natural next step in delivering our strategy to help customers shop whenever and wherever they want.”
Sainsbury’s launched its online grocery business in 1999 and, by 2013, sales had reached £1billion. Last year sales grew by nearly 9% and orders with orders up by nearly 15%. The supermarket recently announced plans to double the number of Click & Collect Groceries sites by the end of the next financial year, taking the total to 200.
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