AO rapidly expands logistics network

UK online white goods retailer AO has opened its third new warehouse in four months as it rapidly expands its logistics network. The Stoke-on-Trent, 275,000 square foot warehouse is the largest AO has opened to date.

The new warehouses now give AO some half a million square feet of warehousing space across Cheshire and Staffordshire, ensuring it has the capacity to manage growing customer demand, and allowing colleagues to work through the pandemic in a safe and distanced manner.

Some 120 jobs have been created at the Stoke-on-Trent site, part of AO’s plans to hire 650 staff nationwide. It is a hub that sends goods onto 18 local hubs nationwide, but there are plans to add in a local delivery hub for local customers in due course.

David Ashwell, MD of AO Logistics, said: “Expanding our logistics network is a crucial step in our growth strategy, so we can continue to serve customers when they need us the most. We’ve really had to act quickly to adapt to an influx in customers following the Covid-19 lockdown. By actively securing more warehousing space and creating hundreds of new, quality jobs in the process, we’re working hard to invest in the future.”

“As a business, we’re proud to provide both an essential service for customers and a safe working environment for our people, with social distancing in place. Our team have continued to adapt to necessary changes and they are taking the swift expansion in their stride. With our latest distribution sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, we’ve now established a strong logistics hub in the North West.”