The UK’s fifth largest grocery retailer The Co-operative Group has launched a major recruitment drive that is expected to result in the company adding 1,000 members of staff to its supply chain team in Andover, Hampshire.
A total of 550 warehouse operatives, 300 drivers and approximately 150 administrative and management staff are required for the group’s Andover regional distribution centre (DC), set to open in June this year.
These new staff members will help run the 467,000 sq ft site, which will distribute over 1.3 million cases every week to more than 400 of the Co-op’s stores across southern England.
Logistics and freight forwarding company Norbert Dentressangle has been awarded the contract to run transport operations at Andover, but warehouse operations will be operated in-house by the grocer.
Mark Leonard, Co-op’s Regional Head of Logistics, called Andover “an excellent location” from which to serve customers in the south of England.
“Our new regional distribution centre will not only provide major employment locally but will also help further boost the local economy for many years to come,” he added.
“This is a major investment in and commitment to the local community and we would encourage as many people from the Andover area to apply.”
Last month the Co-op announced that it will invest a further £70 million to complete the upgrading of its food logistics network, in light of the unprecedented change to its supply chain following the acquisition of supermarket group Somerfield.
An ex-Somerfield depot at Lea Green, near St Helen’s, which is currently being incorporated into the business, should be completed later this year, while around 1,000 jobs will be created when its DC in Avonmouth, Bristol opens in the early stages of 2012.