IKEA has opened a new 452,000 sq.ft. distribution centre in Dartford Kent which will be operated by Wincanton. This will enable faster, more sustainable home deliveries across London and forms part of IKEA’s push to grow its online business. Currently, one in two orders from the greater London area are being placed online.
Plans are also in progress to ensure that all IKEA customer orders in London are delivered via an electric fleet and, in readiness, the Dartford facility will house 28 rapid HGV chargers so that vehicles can be charged whilst loading. A further 60 overnight chargers are also being installed.
Jakob Bertilsson, country customer fulfilment manager for IKEA UK said: “In London we are opening new IKEA stores, investing in our fulfilment network, and offering new services, to meet more people where they live, work and socialise. Establishing a distribution centre in the region is a hugely exciting and significant step in our investment in London, as well as a continuation in our omnichannel strategy to support customers in however they choose to shop with us.”