Ocado Retail, the new joint venture between Ocado Group and M&S, is to establish a new 304,355 sq ft facility at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet, which it says will create up to 1,500 local jobs and help meet demand from its increasing customer base to the East of London.
Ocado’s fifth Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) will sit on the entire 19-acre site, which is located inside the M25 alongside the A13. This will enable quick and easy access to the orbital motorway and the wider strategic road network, as well as providing an artery directly into the large London market, enabling the company to offer a better service for online shoppers in the area.
The unit at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet will combine the space, power and connectivity to house Ocado’s cutting-edge, robotic packing operation, along with a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating. Work is due to begin on site later this month.
Ocado employs a hub and spoke operating model, where Customer Fulfilment Centres are the hubs from where customer orders are fulfilled, and local spokes are from where the majority of customer orders are delivered. SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet is the second Ocado facility in SEGRO’s portfolio, joining the 68,000 sq ft spoke at the Origin development in Park Royal.