Clipper invests in new distribution centre

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CLIPPER Logistics, the firm that distributes goods for blue chip retailers, yesterday revealed that it had invested in a new south east distribution centre.

Leeds-based Clipper has opened a new transport hub in Harlow, to serve the needs of retailers in and London and the South East.

The facility, which is based on the Pinnacles development in Harlow, will house a fleet of 50 vehicles.

Apart from its strategic transport role, the site will also operate as a shared-use facility, which helps retailers by sharing the cost of technology and infrastructure.

Clipper’s operations director, Nigel Hinds said: “We had been searching for a larger site that can accommodate customer growth plans for a while.”

The new facility has been refurbished, and includes a new hanging garment installation.

Earlier this month, Clipper revealed that it had won a five-year contract extension with the UK’s biggest retailer Tesco.

The deal will support the growth of Tesco’s online clothing business and will be serviced from a 400,000 sq foot facility in Daventry.

Clipper said this will create up to 200 jobs in the short term, with significant potential for further employment opportunities in the longer term as the contract progresses. The site is scheduled to undergo a significant refit in order to prepare for the new contract and the first stock is expected to arrive at the Daventry site in August.