Ikea builds a brighter future with new centre
THE Ikea site at Marsden Park is set to expand, with a $150 million distribution centre to be built to cater for online sales. The 70,000sq m distribution centre will allow Ikea to store more products, reduce delivery times and pro--
vide pick-up and delivery services direct to customers. It will replace the existing Moorebank centre and will employ 150 workers. The facility is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Only after the centre is up and running will Ikea be
able to roll out its onlineshopping platform being trialled in Ireland and the UK. The centre will be powered by 4000 solar panels, feature LED lighting throughout and harvest up to 500,000 litres of rainwater.
Ikea Australia managing director David Hood said the centre would pave the way for the Swedish company to reach its $1.8 billion annual-sales goal by 2020. “(This new centre) will give us a completely different level of access than
we have today,” he said. “We still have enormous capacity, but there’s this issue of accessibility. “It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to get this right, but we still have a lot of opportunity to penetrate the Australian market. ”