Ocado turns to EVs for speedy delivery service

Ocado Retail has opened a rapid-delivery site in east London promising customers their groceries within an hour on electric vehicles (EVs).

The online shopping giant started operations from the facility in Leyton using a fleet of sustainable last-mile delivery vehicles including electric cars and mopeds as well as e-cargo bikes.

It is the third site to open under the Zoom by Ocado brand, following facilities in Canning Town and Acton. The first facility outside the capital is expected to launch in Leeds later this year.

Zoom by Ocado offers customers over 10,000 products including food and drink from the M&S range, Ocado own-label items and other recognised brands as well as goods from hyper-local suppliers.

Online orders can be delivered within 60 minutes or within a one-hour slot of a customer’s choosing.  Delivery charges start from 99p.

Shopping is delivered in recyclable bags and Ocado has pledged to continue keeping down levels of food waste. The retail giant has also said it hopes to donate to local causes around the Leyton site.

Zoom by Ocado has so far delivered more than 880,000 orders, including 229,000 bunches of bananas.

Head of Zoom by Ocado George Dean said: “We’re delighted to be opening our third site, bringing Zoom by Ocado to more customers in north and east London from our new site in Leyton.

“We’re committed to being the best neighbour possible, contributing to the community by way of supporting local suppliers and through charitable partnerships in the area.

“We believe that rapid delivery shouldn’t mean compromising on product range, value or quality.”

Image courtesy of Ocado Retail

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