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Ocado to open 150,000 square metre regional distribution centre for the South West

In what must be news to the ears of a certain sector of Gloucestershire folk, Ocado is about to increase its delivery options in the region.

The online supermarket announced this morning that it was to open a mini customer fulfilment centre - no really, that's what they call their warehouses - in Bristol.

The CFC, because if you say the full name more than once you'll look stupid, will be capable of processing 30,000 online shopping orders in a week.

The firm said that the centre will be sited in an existing 150,000 square foot warehouse, although it didn't reveal whereabouts in Bristol it would be.

Although it will be smaller than the other five centres dotted around the country, the firm say that the Bristol hub should be able to achieve similar productivity.

The announcement said: "This mini-CFC brings further benefits to Ocado Retail as it creates the opportunity to serve all of its customers with a full grocery range direct from the facility.

"This means customers in Bristol and the surrounding area will have a wider range of options for delivery, including placing orders for delivery later the same day.

"It will also mean saving the cost of spoke sites, offsetting most of the additional costs of the supply chain."

Tim Steiner, C

hief Executive of Ocado Group, said: "The Ocado Smart Platform is constantly evolving as we innovate to adapt to changing customer needs.

"We can now deliver the best customer experience across a whole range of customer missions, through CFCs, mini-CFCs, and micro fulfilment centres.

"Ocado's technology is dynamic and constantly improving, delivered through tried and tested solutions with proven and attractive economics.

"Our mission is to deliver the future of online shopping today, and we believe we are succeeding."

Ocado is a joint venture between the Ocado group and Marks and Spencer and while it only has around a one per cent share of the supermarket market, it is growing at a rapid rate.

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