March 18, 2020 / 5:28 PM / 21 days ago

Ocado closes access to website until March 21

FILE PHOTO: A man walks from the main reception of the Ocado CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centre) in Andover, Britain May 1, 2018. Picture taken May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British online supermarket Ocado (OCDO.L) has closed access to its website until March 21 as it struggles to deal with “a simply staggering amount of traffic” because of the coronavirus, it said on Wednesday.

It said customers will not be able to edit an existing order or book a new delivery for the next few days.

The company said the closure will enable it to carry out essential work that will help to ensure distribution of products and delivery slots is as fair and accessible as possible for all customers going forward.

Reporting by James Davey; Editing by David Goodman

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