Online furniture retailer Made.com is to more than double its onsite capacity at London Gateway’s Logistics Park.

The retailer will open an additional 350,000sq ft of new warehousing over two phases, with the first phase complete by August this year and the second in April 2022.

The expansion aims to reduce delivery times for the digital retailer’s customers and meet growing online demand.

Oliver Treneman, DP World park development director, said: “When Made first approached us, they were a young and dynamic new entrant to the market and the ability to scale up was a key consideration for them - we have demonstrated both a flexible approach and that we are able to deliver.

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“As the economy grows and consumers purchase more goods online, businesses increasingly need smarter logistics solutions to serve their customers. By providing the ability for occupiers to expand, we are supporting businesses with the scalability they need to grow in tandem with our rapidly expanding logistics park.”

Nicola Thompson, chief operating officer at Made.com, said: “We are thrilled to expand our warehousing operations at London Gateway as we respond to continued growth in customer demand for our exclusive designs.

“Combined with our innovative ‘just in time’ supply chain model, this expansion of our warehousing facility in Tilbury is an exciting step towards achieving our long-term strategy to grow the business sustainably, as we continue to invest in operational efficiency and become the design destination for digital natives.”