Morrisons to team up with Ocado in Erith distribution centre

PUBLISHED: 14:57 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:57 29 February 2016

How Ocado's new £185m Erith development will look

How Ocado's new £185m Erith development will look


The facility is expected to open next year, and will bring £185m of investment and 3,500 jobs to the town

Supermarket giant Morrisons has agreed a deal in principle with online grocer Ocado to share space in its new distribution centre in Erith.

The Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) will be the biggest facility of its type in the world when it opens next year, and will bring £185m of investment and 3,500 jobs to the town.

The planned partnership will provide the supermarket with the software necessary to fulfil online orders from its stores, with the aim of offering online services throughout the UK, including areas not currently serviced by a CFC.

However, a spokesperson for Morrisons refused to confirm that everything was done and dusted, saying: “This amended agreement is subject to detailed terms being agreed and will only proceed if it enables Morrisons to achieve profitable growth online.

“There can be no certainty that an agreement will be concluded.”

Recruitment for roles including operational managers, warehouse operatives, LGV and delivery drivers, engineers and support staff will start this year at the centre which will handle around 200,000 orders per week.

When the deal was agreed last year, Bexley council’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, Linda Bailey, said: “We plan to work with Ocado to ensure that we can support their recruitment efforts.

“Resources plus, the Council’s jobs and training team, will work closely with them to enable local people to take full advantage of this exciting opportunity for the borough.”


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