Feb 6, 2019

Ocado warns fire at key facility will hit sales growth

Ocado has reported serious fire damage, including a collapsed roof, at its flagship automated warehouse in Hampshire that it developed to sell its online retailing technology to customers around the globe. The group also warned of a "Reduction in sales growth" because of the fire at the Andover site and said it would need to "Assess the damage" before restarting operations there. Because of the fire "There will be a constraint on our ability to meet our growing customer demand," Ocado explained. Ocado said it had been informed by the Fire Brigade that the incident was now "Under control". Images shared by the Hampshire fire service in the early hours of Wednesday morning showed multiple large fire vehicles at the site, although it also declared the incident "No longer major" in a Twitter post at just after 5am.

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