Sainsbury’s announced this morning that it is creating 900 jobs at its new online fulfilment centre in Bromley-by- Bow in east London.
The 185,000 sq ft centre, due to open this autumn, was built as part of the retailer’s strategy to cater for growing demand in the capital for its online groceries service. At the moment, online orders are picked up from stores across the UK – Sainsbury's said the new centre will help it fulfil up to 25,000 more orders per week.
Recruitment has just begun for the first 470 jobs and the retailer plans to recruit another 430 colleagues by 2020, for a mixture of roles including drivers, order pickers, product replenishers and managers.
"Demand for our online delivery service in the capital continues to grow," said Robbie Feather, Sainsbury's director of online.
"We expect this trend to continue as more and more customers enjoy the flexibility of multi-channel shopping using our groceries website and app, in addition to visiting stores."
The fulfilment centre is being created at the former Royal Mail building, which is being completely redeveloped. Sainsbury’s is also trialling same day online grocery deliveries at three stores in London and the south east.
The supermarket group reported a dip in sales for the first quarter, but investors were still pleased with the performance as results came in ahead of expectations. Shares in the group were down slightly, by 0.83 per cent, in early trading today.