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Morrisons readies Bridgwater centre for opening

By: David Howells
09 March 2012

Morrisons is gearing up to fully open its new distribution centre in Bridgwater, logisticsmanager.com reports.

The supermarket chain has been in the process of logistics development since 2007 in a bid to deliver savings of £20 million a year from 2014 onwards. In opening the new centre, Morrisons outlined its aggressive growth plans and what was needed to do in order to achieve them.

Savings are expected to come from re-specification of packages across stores, the consolidation of waste contracts and a significant reduction in marketing print costs. This money is then set to be put towards further expansion of the business and is expected to see the retailer consider driver recruitment over the coming years to help with the added workload as more stores are built.

Whilst the new Bridgwater distribution centre has seen limited operations already, the first quarter of financial year 2012/13 will see the centre become fully operational.

Speaking to retailtimes.com of their plans for the future, Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips explained: "We know that 2012 will be tough, and we will be working hard to deliver even better value for our customers.

"At the same time, we have ambitious plans for the long term development of the business, through new supermarkets, convenience stores and the development of our multi-channel capabilities."

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