Tesco has started construction of a new 122,082 sq ft warehouse at Erith in Kent – its sixth dot-com warehouse in the UK.
The warehouse, which will fulfil online grocery orders in the Greater London area, is due to open in October 2013.
Paul Bench, head of distribution acquisition at Tesco, said: “This is a vital part of the physical infrastructure to support the growth of our online business. The facility at Erith will be the most automated dot-com warehouse to date meaning that staff will be able to fulfil a higher number of orders more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Not only will it enable us to meet demand in the London area, it will allow us to further drive growth in the online business.”
It will employ a range of automated technologies, including a conveyor belt system enabling staff to collect items for customers as quickly as possible.
Tesco opened its first dot-com only warehouse in Croydon, South London, in 2006. It has since opened dot-com warehouses at Aylesford, Greenford and most recently Enfield, with another due to open in Crawley early in 2013.