Ahold is supporting the expansion of its albert.nl online store in the Netherlands by opening its third e-commerce dedicated distribution centre (DC), according to press reports.
Third e-commerce DC
Dutch grocery retailer Albert Heijn, part of the Ahold group, is planning to open a third DC to support its albert.nl e-commerce operation.
The DC will be located Almere, near Amsterdam, and is scheduled to begin operations in September. It will employ around 260 people in the warehouse and 350 delivery staff.
Albert Heijn already operates e-commerce DCs in Rotterdam and De Meern, just outside Utrecht. The DC network is able to reach 7 million Dutch households across Randstad, North Brabant and Gelderland provinces.
Supports ambitious online growth
The new DC will support Albert Heijn's plans to expand its operations in the online sphere. The company is aiming to triple its online sales to €1.5 billion by 2016.
As part of this strategy Albert Heijn announced earlier this year that it would begin opening click and collect pick-up points at its stores in the autumn, and in February the company paid €350 million to acquire one of its largest online rivals in the Dutch market, bol.com.