John Lewis to open second distribution centre at Magna ParkFeb 27, 2013
The new centre is expected to create up to 450 jobs. The partnership has signed a 30-year lease on the 675,000 sq feet warehouse, which will be situated adjacent to its existing centre at Magna Park.
The move is part of the retailer’s plans for improvements in productivity, availability and customer service as well as supporting its expansion plans.
Operations will be relocated from John Lewis’ current distribution centre at Park Royal in north London, subject to consultation, which will impact up to 560 jobs. 200 new jobs will be created at a new smaller delivery hub in London, as well as the 450 jobs in Milton Keynes.
Operations director Dino Rocos said: "We are constantly striving to improve the service that we offer to our customers. For the supply chain this means improving availability.
"Magna Park gives us the space we need and allows us to continue to build on the improvements we have made in providing better service to our shops and customers at a lower cost.
‘We recognise the high level of talent and valuable experience that currently exists within Park Royal and we hope that, if we proceed with the proposal to close Park Royal, as many partners as possible will be able to continue to contribute to the business in a new role.”
The distribution centre’s automation equipment will deliver the capability to issue stock cost effectively little and often, based on demand. It will also allow John Lewis to deliver more items direct to customers.
As well as providing modern and flexible warehouse space, the development will include an extensive range of eco-friendly enhancements, including LED Lighting and Solar Thermal Water Heating, ensuring BREAAM Excellent certification.