(qlmbusinessnews.com via theguardian.com – – Wed, 18 Apr 2018) London, Uk – –
Marks & Spencer is to close its distribution centre near Warrington, putting 450 jobs at risk.
The decision brings the total number of job losses at M&S this year to more than 1,300.
In January, M&S said it was closing 14 stores, affecting nearly 500 jobs. The retailer also ditched its Neasden distribution site in London, putting a further 380 jobs at risk.
M&S said on Tuesday that it will close its Hardwick distribution centre, which is operated by XPO Logistics and DHL, in September. The staff members affected have entered a consultation period.
The Hardwick site has become surplus to requirements, in part due to M&S’s decision to automate operations at its factory in Bradford, which can handle more capacity.
Gordon Mowat, logistics director at M&S, said: “Closing Hardwick will help to remove some complexity from our network and speed up our supply chain.
“However, it was not a decision we took lightly and it is not in any way a reflection on the hard work and dedication provided by the teams on site.”
M&S is seeking to save costs as part of a five-year turnaround plan spearheaded by chief executive Steve Rowe and chairman Archie Norman, who joined the retailer in September last year.
Several large retailers have been shedding staff as they try to save costs in an increasingly tough trading environment, with both Sainsbury’s and Tesco axing thousands of middle-managers earlier this year.