UK Supermarket chain Asda to invest in new depots

Leeds, UK:  Asda is investing over £500m in 2012, with plans for three new depots along with 25 new stores.

The depots will add additional capacity and efficiency to Asda’s logistics network, enabling it to meet planned organic growth. The new depot in Rochdale will service chilled and frozen products to stores along the M62 corridor. The replacement depot in Scotland increases capacity for delivery of groceries to stores in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The investment in Yorkshire will upgrade a depot that originally formed part of the Netto chain into a state-of-the-art ‘cross dock’ allowing products to be shipped in and out in minimal time.

Over the past five years Asda says its distribution team has delivered almost 25% more products, despite driving 19 million fewer miles – these three new depots take an additional one million miles off the road.

Asda is part of the world’s biggest retailer Walmart.

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