Next plans to close a Bradford warehouse which requires “significant maintenance and investment”, with 780 logistics staff within the Toftshaw site affected.
A spokesperson for Next confirmed the firm is proposing to close the depot between August and September 2024, as it requires a number of repairs over the coming years including a full replacement of its roof.
The retailer said the site would be forced to completely close and staff would have to relocate while the work took place, which would come at a “considerable cost”.
Furthermore, the move is designed to allow Next to offer an improved service and reduce its distribution arm’s environmental impact.
It stressed that stock availability will be better, as having its online operations under one roof will mean returns will be available earlier to customers. The retailer will also no longer have to transfer stock between Toftshaw Lane and South Elmsall, which will eliminate roughly 40 trips a day made by large goods vehicles and reduce costs.
Next claims a new purpose-built area at the Elmsall site will help improve efficiency by an estimated 20%.
A statement issued by the retailer, read: “The closure is necessary in order to consolidate our returns processing operation into the new online fulfilment facility being developed in South Elmsall.
“We anticipate the closure will take place in around nine months time. We are consulting with everyone affected along with USDAW/SATA, our recognised Trade Union.”
Next anticipates it will have enough vacancies for those affected in Bradford, with the majority of opportunities at the new site in South Elmsall. There are also vacancies at Next warehouses based in and around the South Yorkshire area, such as Doncaster and Wath-Upon-Dearne.
A spokesperson added: “This has not been an easy decision, and we appreciate this announcement will be difficult for our team at Toftshaw as there are people across the site who have worked for us for many years.
“We would like to thank everyone in advance for their usual dedication and support as we work together over the following months to ensure as smooth a transition as possible, but also, so that everyone on site receives the relevant help and assistance in finding alternative employment either within or outside of Next.”
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