THE RETAIL BULLETIN - The home of retail news
Lest we forget
HOME
RETAIL NEWS
RETAIL EVENTS
Fashion
Department Stores
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Home & DIY
Electricals
Health & Beauty
General Merchandise
Entertainment
Sports & Leisure
Retail Solutions
Food & Drink
Interviews
RETAIL INSIGHTS
RETAIL SOLUTIONS
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE
2,000 jobs at risk at Shop Direct due to closure of three fulfilment sites

Shop Direct, the owner of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has announced plans to exit its fulfilment sites in Greater Manchester as part of a strategy to upgrade its fulfilment capabilities.

FASHION

2,000 jobs at risk at Shop Direct due to closure of three fulfilment sites

Shop Direct, the owner of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has announced plans to exit its fulfilment sites in Greater Manchester as part of a strategy to upgrade its fulfilment capabilities.

Following an 18-month review, Shop Direct said the sites at Shaw, Little Hulton and Raven did not meet its future needs due to a lack of space, limited accessibility and restrictions on layout and loading.

The company plans to begin exiting the sites from mid-2020. The move is expected to impact 1,177 permanent Shop Direct staff and 815 agency staff with redundancies expected.

It will also open a new 500,000 square foot distribution and returns centre in the East Midlands. Development of the site at East Midlands Gateway is due to start in May 2018. The site is expected to be fully operational by 2021.

Derek Harding, interim group chife executive of Shop Direct, said: “This is a tough day for the business and we know how difficult this news will be to hear for our teams in Shaw, Little Hulton and Raven. However, these proposals are necessary for our future and to enable us to continue to grow and meet rising customer expectations.

“We take very seriously our responsibilities to our colleagues, many of whom have been with us for a long time and who work tirelessly to deliver for our customers. We are working alongside Usdaw, our recognised trade union, and will listen carefully to what they have to say. We’ll also work closely with local authorities and community leaders to make sure this process is carried out as fairly and sensitively as possible for our colleagues."

Shop Direct said the new purpose-built and automated facility in the East Midlands will be able to accommodate all one-man fulfilment and returns operations on one site, and will provide room for continued expansion.

 


 

Email this article to a friend

You need to be logged in to use this feature.

Please log in here

Subscribe For Retail News

RETAIL EVENTS

Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
6 February 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London WG1 9DT
A truly omnichannel offering requires an understanding of customer behaviour across all shopping channels and how this should impact your overall business strategy
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
5 June 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 10th Annual Retail Customer Engagement Summit
The HR Summit 2019
The HR Summit 2019
Tuesday 8 October 2019
The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 11th HR Summit 2019, The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1, 8 October 2019
AI in Retail Conference 2019
AI in Retail Conference 2019
16 October 2019
Cavendish Conference Center, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
Retail marketing is changing pace rapidly by making communication across all platforms personalised, relevant, efficient, and helpful. AI not only helps shoppers find a perfect product but also pre-empts the shopping behaviour and speeds up payment.
Payment Roundtable 2019
Payment Roundtable 2019
6 February 2019
The Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
The Retail Bulletin Payment Roundtable will raise debate and discussion centred on but not exclusive to improving the in-store payment process