Leeds depot 3

Online electricals retailer AO is on the hunt for 100 HGV drivers and warehouse operatives and is offering up to £1,000 in starter bonuses to new recruits.

The company said this week that it is seeking to recruit drivers nationwide, with over 100 logistics vacancies available, including HGV drivers, 7.5t delivery drivers and warehouse operatives, with new starter bonuses of up to £1,000 on offer.

AO is also opening a new depot in Leeds this week as part of expansion plans to help meet rising demand, which has seen AO increase its warehousing capacity by over 80% and created over 1,500 jobs across the business.

The new 35,000 sq ft site, which will be the 24th depot in AO’s network, follows recent openings of AO depots in Crawley, Newport and Bracknell, is at Total Park in Leeds. The new site will initially create 29 new posts at the site.

David Ashwell, MD of AO Logistics, said: “The new depot is in the ideal location to support our growth as a business – we’ll be able to serve our customers in Yorkshire even better than before and it means we’re securing the best infrastructure for the future. The rapid expansion of AO Logistics is really a testament to the hard work of our people and how much we’ve grown over the last 18 months.”

The network of depots are supplied by AO’s main distribution centres in Crewe, Stafford and Stoke and the nationwide delivery coverage ensures that AO is never more than one hour away from customers.

AO acquired the two-person delivery company, formerly Expert Logistics, in 2009 and it now offers next day delivery to every UK postcode seven days a week on its range of 12,000 electrical products.