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Ocado set to recruit once logistics centre opens

By: Deborah Bates
06 May 2011

Ocado, the online food retailer, may be hiring drivers once its new Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) centre opens by the end of 2012.

According to IFW.net, the innovative distribution centre - said to be worth some £210 million - will help boost jobs around the local region in North Warwickshire to the tune of 2,000 logistics roles.

Furthermore, its developers have anticipated the centre will eventually handle 180,000 orders per week; potentially leaving the door open for further logistics recruitment, if demand continues to grow after that. This is good news for transport professionals working in the local area.

A spokesperson for the brand, chief executive officer Tim Steiner, told Logistics Manager how excited he was about the move - which he said was part of a wider overhaul. He claimed: "Ocado is entering a major new phase of development and expansion, which is incredibly exciting."

"We look forward to seeing our second CFC take shape in the coming months, and being part of the local community," the CEO continued to say.

Although construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2011, the installation of features such as "extensive, multi-level conveyor belt networks and IT systems" will mean the entire project won't be complete until the end of 2012.

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