Marks & Spencer announces major logistics network change
Marks & Spencer is to open a new mechanised clothing and homeware logistics centre in Welham Green, Hertfordshire as the struggling retailer looks to shake-up its logistics network. The 495,000 sq ft facility, formerly a Tesco site, will go live early next year and serve 150 stores in the South East. It will be operated by a third-party logistics supplier, employing over 500 people.
M&S will also cease operations at its Neasden distribution centre, which is currently operated by XPO and DHL. Both companies have started consultations with the site's 380 workers. Gordon Mowat, Director of Clothing & Home Supply Chain & Logistics, says: “M&S is changing and we are transforming our stores and supply chain to better serve our customers. The new site in Welham will deliver better service and availability for our customers and enable us to become a faster, more agile, lower cost retailer. The location has fantastic transport links and we’re looking forward to building a great operation in Hertfordshire. The decision to move operations from Neasden to other sites within our network is not one we have taken lightly, however it’s an important part of our transformation.”
The move is the latest part of M&S’ attempt to adopt a single-tier clothing and home distribution network. This currently comprises of 19 distribution centres and warehouses, including large facilities in Swindon, Castle Donington and Bradford.