Clipper Logistics is to take over the return activities of Shop Direct at the 215,000 sq ft Raven Mill returns centre in Oldham, Greater Manchester, along with returns activity managed from the site.
All 403 Shop Direct employees based at the Raven Mill site will transfer to Clipper Logistics under TUPE. Clipper Logistics will operate returns on behalf of Shop Direct at the Raven Mill site until this activity migrates to the digital retailer’s new East Midlands fulfilment centre in 2021.
“We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with Clipper Logistics that has the potential to safeguard jobs in the area.”
‘Following completion of the migration of Shop Direct’s returns activity, it is Clipper Logistics’ intention to retain up to 200 Raven Mill colleagues for separate ongoing operational activity at the site for its other retail clients,’ announced Shop Direct.
However, it is expected that at least 200 employees will be made redundant. Redundancies are expected to be achieved on a voluntary basis.
Phil Hackney, group operations director at Shop Direct and co-chair of the joint taskforce, said:
“We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with Clipper Logistics that has the potential to safeguard jobs in the area, with Raven Mill likely to operate as a commercial site beyond 2021. We believe it’s a positive move for our colleagues and the community. We’ll work closely with Clipper Logistics, our trade union Usdaw and colleague representatives to ensure the transfer is as smooth as possible.’