Sumary of Warehouse fire sparked by out-of-control robots to cost Ocado £10m:
- Hundreds of staff had to be evacuated and 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were marshalled to tackle the incident.
- Other warehouses took on some of the burden, but it meant some orders were affected the following week and Ocado had to offer fewer grocery delivery slots to customers for almost two months.
- Boss Tim Steiner praised staff for getting business back on track following the fire and has predicted ‘strong growth’ in 2022Its shares fell 1.4 per cent, or 26.5p, to 1859p after the gloomy update.
- The firm’s pioneering warehouse at Erith usually handles 150,000 orders per week, thanks to more than 1,000 robots on a grid that zip around to pick groceries for delivery.
- It called on the Government to add HGV drivers to the skilled shortage list to fill the vacancies hitting supply chains across the country.
- Ocado chairman and co-founder Tim Steiner said increasing the number of testers would be a solution.