// AO to create 120 new jobs this week
// The online electricals retailer is opening its third distribution warehouse
AO has begun a hiring spree to coincide with the opening of its third distribution warehouse in four months as it continues to expand its logistics network.
The new site is AO’s largest warehouse to date, adding over 275,000sq ft of distribution space to its portfolio with the premises at G-Park in Stoke-on-Trent.
The online electricals retailer will create 120 new jobs in a range of roles this week.
In recent months, AO has acquired over half a million square ft of new warehousing space across Cheshire and Staffordshire to ensure it has the capacity to manage growing customer demand.
AO also said it is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for over 650 jobs across Staffordshire.
While the large site will be used primarily for distribution to AO’s 18 ‘local hub’ depots nationwide, there are plans for it to include a delivery depot to be closer to customers in the area.
“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,” AO Logistics managing director David Ashwell said.
“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.”