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Asda opens new hub for online delivery

ASDA opened a huge delivery warehouse in Enfield on Monday, creating about 400 new jobs as it expands its online delivery service.

The 93,000 sq ft Home Shopping Centre in Southbury Road, Enfield, will ship food and other goods to customers who order their shopping online across north London.

More than 150 van drivers, including 15 women, will be on hand to deliver goods to customers throughout the day.

Asda’s supply director for new business, Graeme Douglas, said: “We have had a huge number of applicants for the new jobs and the people at the Job Centre have told us that unemployment in Enfield is above the national average, so we are bringing lots of jobs to an area where it is needed.

“We have 30 vans operational but that will go up to 50 in a few weeks and we have the capacity for up to 100 vans.”

Opening up the centre, which is only the second in the country, is part of Asda’s plan to increase its business in the capital. “Getting sites in London isn’t easy and this is another way of serving customers,” Mr Douglas added.

The site, which was previously a warehouse for the removals firm Pickfords, was chosen because of its convenient transport links to the rest of north London.

Source : North London Newspapers

25 August 2010
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