Ocado Retail, the new joint venture between Ocado Group and M&S, has agreed a deal to establish a new 304,355 sq ft, state-of-the-art facility at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet.

In so doing, Ocado Retail will be creating up to 1,500 local jobs and helping meet demand from its increasing customer base to the East of London, including Essex.

The unit at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet will combine the space, power and connectivity to house Ocado’s cutting-edge, robotic packing operation, alongside a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating. Work is due to begin on-site in late September 2019.

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. It’s great news for online shoppers in the area and for the local economy around Purfleet. Ocado’s commitment to SEGRO Park Purfleet demonstrates a real positive momentum for investment, job creation and business growth, and underlines the value of high-quality, sustainable, well-positioned industrial and logistical property along the A13 corridor.

Alan Holland
Business Unit Director, Greater London

Ocado to benefit from Essex's multi-modal gateway

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 a metaphorical artery directly into the large London market. It will subsequently enable the company to offer a better service for online shoppers in the area by utilising Essex’s multi-modal gateway.

Ocado employs a hub and spoke operating model, where Customer Fulfilment Centres are the hubs from where customer orders are fulfilled, while the majority of customer orders are delivered from local spokes. SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet is the second Ocado facility in its portfolio, joining the 68,000 sq ft spoke at the Origin development in Park Royal.

The fastest-growing part of Ocado is the Ocado Technology Division, which supplies expertise and services to other overseas retailers seeking to automate their online offering. Their embracing of the robotics operation is testament to the forward-thinking vision at Ocado.

We are delighted to again be working with SEGRO as we prepare to build our fifth CFC in Purfleet. These are exciting times for Ocado.com, now a joint venture between Ocado Group and M&S, and this latest CFC will provide new capacity to bring an even better offer to UK customers.

Ian Starling
Group Head of Real Estate

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Part of Purfleet’s continuing regeneration

Ocado’s arrival in Purfleet adds to the overall picture of a town which is seeing significant development. It follows the news from earlier in 2019, when it was announced that a £1bn plan submitted by Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (a joint venture between Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association) to turn Purfleet into a media and creative destination known as ‘Purfleet on Thames’ was approved by Thurrock Council’s Planning Committee.

Purfleet is part of the Thames Gateway, an area that has been recognised by the government as a priority for regeneration, and has also been described as Europe’s largest regeneration project.

You can read more about Purfleet’s regeneration here.

Source: [www.segro.com]