Sunday, May 5

Thousands of jobs in danger as Ocado publicizes warehouse closure

Thousands of jobs are in danger after Ocado introduced plans to shut its oldest distribution centre.

The on-line grocer says it’ll shut its web site in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, later this yr.

The warehouse handles round a fifth of its buyer orders every week and these will as an alternative be shifted to a brand new state-of-the-art automated warehouse in Luton, which is because of open this yr.

Ocado mentioned it has began session with the two,300 staff affected however it goals to supply jobs to as lots of them as doable at close by websites, together with the one in Luton.

Ocado Group chief govt Tim Steiner mentioned: “As the net grocery channel grows, our new, enhanced fulfilment centres and applied sciences will drive a step change in buyer expertise and effectivity.

“With this capacity coming online, now is the right time for us to halt operations at our oldest facility at Hatfield and consider our future options for the site.”

He added: “We want to keep as much of this talent and experience within the business as possible and expect to retain a large proportion of colleagues impacted by these changes, either in our new Luton CFC (customer fulfilment centre) or across our wider UK network.”

It comes simply months after Amazon revealed plans to close three of its warehouses – a choice affecting 1,200 jobs – however open two new main fulfilment centres.

The Amazon websites eyed for closure are in Hemel Hempstead, Doncaster and Gourock, within the west of Scotland.

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