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Monday 29 February, 2016

Morrison W.Sprmkts

Agreement with Amazon and update

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Morrison(Wm.)Supermarkets PLC
29 February 2016



29 February 2016


Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC


Agreement with Amazon and update


Morrisons to enter supply arrangement with Amazon

New terms in principle agreed with Ocado to grow


Morrisons and Amazon are today announcing a new supply agreement. In the coming months, hundreds of Morrisons products will be available to Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry customers. Morrisons will provide a wholesale supply service to Amazon, allowing Amazon's customers access to a wide range of Morrisons ambient, fresh and frozen products.


We are focussed on our six priorities to make the supermarkets strong again. In addition, we have an opportunity to build a broader business that complements our supermarkets and is consistent with our commitment to pursue capital light growth. Wholesale supply enables this by growing volumes and leveraging our manufacturing, distribution and wholesale capabilities.  


David Potts, Chief Executive, said of the Amazon agreement:


"Today's agreement is built on Morrisons unique strengths as a food maker. The combination of our fresh food expertise with Amazon's online and logistics capabilities is compelling. 


"This is a low risk and capital light wholesale supply arrangement that demonstrates the opportunity we have to become a broader business. We look forward to working with Amazon to develop and grow this partnership over the coming months." 


In addition, Morrisons has been in discussions with Ocado to grow and an agreement in principle has been reached. This involves Morrisons taking space in Ocado's new Customer Fulfilment Centre ("CFC") in Erith, and Ocado delivering a store pick solution for Morrisons that leverages Ocado's technology and Morrisons store assets. When implemented, this would enable, working with Ocado, to sell to customers all over Great Britain.


This amended agreement is subject to detailed terms being agreed and will only proceed if it enables Morrisons to achieve profitable growth online. There can be no certainty that an agreement will be concluded.




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