M&S to close two distribution centres next year
A review of its logistics operations has prompted Marks & Spencer to decide to close two clothing distribution centres in the Midlands, putting nearly 700 jobs at risk of redundancy.
The sites, in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire and Thorncliffe, Sheffield, will close next year. DHL manages the Long Eaton warehouse, which is home to over 300 warehouse workers and supervisory staff. It’s expected to close in the spring of 2021.
The second warehouse is run by DHL rival XPO, and it employs over 360 people.
Marks & Spencer said the decision is part of plans to revamp its warehouse network to save money and improve stock availability. Stock issues have become a critical concern at the department store chain, after buying errors in the menswear department resulted in underperformance during the all-important Christmas quarter.
The retailer admitted that it had bought too many men’s skinnies and slim-fit trousers, and not enough regular fits, while last year’s ‘Jeansgate’ led to the departure of clothing boss Jill McDonald after a major jeans promotion went amiss when buyers failed to secure enough stock.
This week, Alex Dimitriu was named as the new head of menswear buying, joining the retailer ahead of the arrival of former F&F Clothing boss Richard Price, who will be the new managing director of clothing and home.
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