Makro Cash & Carry UK is set to become the latest wholesaler to launch into online ordering.

The wholesaler is working on a new website that it plans to launch later this year and will include a function to allow its members to make purchases online.

"The new website will ­include our wide product range and offer features such as online purchasing, delivery and select and ­collect," a spokeswoman confirmed.

"We're not ready to launch just yet but we'll be shouting about our fantastic new services as soon as they become available."

The move is the latest by the cash & carry giant to make its offer more accessible to members. It already allows customers to telephone their order in advance so that it is ready for collection when they arrive at their nearest depot.

In April this year it launched Makro Foodservice, a delivery service for its core catering, hotel and restaurant customers.

"At Makro we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our professional customers," the spokeswoman added.

"We're developing new routes to market including Foodservice, supported by our expanding force of customer consultants and a new website."

Makro's website currently focuses on how people can join the wholesaler, as well as listing general information about products and depot locations. Details of products for sale and promotions are only available by downloading the wholesaler's Makro Mail, which is also sent out to customers.

Makro will follow a number of its rivals into ­cyberspace. Internet sales have soared at Booker since the wholesaler acquired Blueheath in 2007.

In May, the cash & carry giant reported a 62.8% jump in internet sales to £407m for the 52 weeks to 26 March 2010.

Palmer & Harvey, meanwhile, launched a transactional website in December last year, which allows independent retailers to order from a range of chilled, ­ambient and frozen product lines.