Ikea builds a brighter fu­ture with new cen­tre

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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. ”

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