Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has opened a new fulfilment centre for home delivery to support its growing ecommerce business.
The home shop centre in Amsterdam will process around 40,000 orders per week, with 1000 new employees. It will feature the retailer’s entire product range.
Albert Heijn said it would close a number of click and collect locations in the near future but introduce add new fulfilment centres on the outskirts of the city.
The retailer said the developments aimed to capitalise on the fact that the majority of ecommerce growth was coming from home delivery.
Another part of the home delivery strategy saw Albert Heijn recently partner with Deliveroo to launch a new service delivering hot meals in Amsterdam’s city centre.
In December, the company partnered with a Dutch delivery app to allow customers to order from the retailer’s convenience range, AH to go, through the smartphone app Thuisbezorgd.nl, which offers goods from 7500 restaurants in the country.
Philip Padberg, GM of ah.nl, said: “Over the past few years, Albert Heijn has made home delivery of groceries easier by, among other things, track & trace, the national rollout of the delivery bundle in combination with free delivery at bol.com and a lower minimum order amount on Wednesday and Thursday. We are continuing this year with the renewal of our e-commerce services.”