700 jobs at risk as M&S plans to shutter 2 distribution centres

By guest author Sahar Nazir from Retail Gazette

  • M&S to close 2 distribution centres in Nottinghamshire and Sheffield next year
  • Around 700 jobs will be put at risk

Marks & Spencer is due to close two of its clothing distribution centres, putting almost 700 jobs at risk.

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The move comes after the struggling retailer said it is revamping its warehouse network to cut costs and improve stock availability.

On Thursday, M&S revealed that the centres in Long Eaton in Derbyshire and Thorncliffe in Sheffield would close next year.

Long Eaton is run by the logistics firm DHL, while Thorncliffe is managed by rival operator XPO – both employ 662 colleagues.

“Usdaw will now enter into meaningful consultations, where we will interrogate the business case and secure the best possible outcome for all affected,” union Usdaw area organiser Ed Leach said.

Last year, M&S was booted out of the FTSE 100 after its clothing arm failed to drive sales.

Moreover, it told investors its logistics network was holding it back because it was “complex and high cost” and too slow at replenishing stores.