John Lewis has signed a new three-year deal with logistics giant Clipper to help expand its ecommerce operations just days after acquiring a new logistics centre.
More than 200 jobs are set to be created after John Lewis agreed to expand its partnership with Clipper Logistics to help “support (its) e-commerce” operations, which have seen rapid growth during the pandemic.
Clipper Logistics, which was initially brought in to help John Lewis manage a surge in online orders and returns over Autumn/Winter 2020, will now provide additional ecommerce and store replenishment services.
The new deal, which will also see Clipper continue to manage furniture, pre-retail and clothing supply logistics for the department store, will utilise Clippers new 317,000 sq ft of warehouse space in Bardon, near Leicester.
It comes just days after announced plans to open a new 1 million sq ft distribution centre in Milton Keynes as it scrambles to meet a staggering rise in demand for online orders, which have risen from 40 per cent of its total sales to 60 per cent over the pandemic.
Again, the contract for what will become its second-largest distribution centre will see the creation of 500 new jobs in the region.
“John Lewis are pleased to extend our long-standing relationship of over 20 years with Clipper who continue to have an excellent reputation for delivering rapid and effective logistics solutions,” John Lewis’ supply chain director Mark Robinson said.
Clipper’s executive chairman Steve Parkin added: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with John Lewis and remain proud to support their e-commerce and store replenishment operations. Clipper is very much the go-to provider of end-to-end services in the online retailing space.”