Russian retailer X5 Retail Group has announced that it has opened its largest 'dark store' in Vyoshki, in the Moscow Region.
Serving the Perekrestok.ru online supermarket platform, the new outlet is the retailer's third no-customer store.
It is spread across an area of 18,000 square metres and is capable of storing 35,000 SKUs.
Initially, the centre will be serviced by around 300 employees and 40 vehicles. At full capacity, it will employ around 1,000 people and use 130 vehicles.
The outlet is designed to handle as many as 5,000 orders per day and is expected to expand the total capacity of the Perekrestok.ru online supermarket by 1.5 times, X5 said.
In August of 2018, X5 opened its first Perekrestok.ru dark store in Moscow.
The total number of online orders at Perekrestok.ru increased 4.5 times year-on-year in the first six months of 2019.
The retailer processed more than 541,000 orders during this period.
The revenue of Perekrestok.ru grew 4.6 times, amounting to RUB 1.76 billion (€24 million) in the first half, the retailer said.
In April of 2017, the retailer launched Perekrestok.ru along with X5's first hybrid store in Moscow, which operates as a regular supermarket as well as a warehouse for picking online orders.
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