Wayfair, the online retailer for the home, is to expand its UK operations with a new warehouse set to open in Magna Park, Lutterworth in the autumn of 2019.
The new facility will replace its existing location in Magna Park and serve as Wayfair’s main distribution hub in the UK as the company expands its logistics network to support the growth of its European business.
“We are excited to expand our operations in Lutterworth as we continue to build out our logistics network to support the growth of our European business,” said Thomas Netzer, chief operating officer, Europe for Wayfair.
“The opening of our new, state-of-the-art facility in Lutterworth represents our sustained commitment to the United Kingdom as our unrivaled shopping experience continues to resonate with our customers in the region. We look forward to building upon this success as our new location will allow us to further scale the fast and seamless delivery of home furnishings, décor and home improvement products as we create the best possible shopping experience for home.”
Wayfair first established operations in Magna Park in 2016. With this new site, Wayfair will lease a 1,064,000-square-foot facility from Magna Park developer, Gazeley, with plans to migrate its existing operations to the new, expanded location.
The fulfillment facility supports the distribution of a wide variety of home goods spanning small and large parcel items and is equipped with cutting edge technologies including autonomous picking systems and high-tech sorting equipment to enhance the speed and efficiency of delivery for even the largest and heaviest products.
To support the expanded operations in the UK, Wayfair plans to grow its existing team in Lutterworth to 500 by hiring for additional full-time supervisory, administrative and warehouse roles. Scheduled toopen in Fall 2019, the center will begin its hiring search in Spring 2019.