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Ocado Retail to build new warehouse in Purfleet

03 September 2019

The new joint venture between Ocado Group and M&S will build a 304,355 sq ft facility at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet in a bid to meet demand from its 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 house Ocado’s robotic packing operation and have 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.

Alan Holland, business unit director, Greater London, SEGRO, said: “Having helped Ocado establish facilities on the west side of London, we welcome the opportunity to support the growth of its operations in the east of the capital as well.”