European fashion deal for Clipper

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A YORKSHIRE-based logistics company which started out with a single van has secured a lucrative contract with a German fashion retailer.

Leeds-based Clipper has been appointed by s.Oliver, to carry out a major contract from two German bases.

The fashion retailer’s clothes will be delivered to shops in Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany as part of the contract. Clipper will also process s.Oliver returns, so they can go back into stock.

Clipper has identified Europe as an area of growth, because demand for online retailing is expected to soar there. More retailers are looking for a service that crosses national borders. Last year, Clipper bought the German logistics firm, Geist, for an undisclosed sum.

Jürgen Wey, the managing director for Clipper Logistics GmbH, said: “S.Oliver are a well established and respected name in the fashion industry, and we’re delighted to have been appointed to this contract to aid the development of the brand. We’ll bring our unique mix of ability and agility to the contract and our expertise in European logistics will combine with our extensive experience in fashion supply chain.”

An s.Oliver spokesman said: “This deal will allow s.Oliver to further optimise the supply chain process and ensure greater customer service. Clipper has shown the innovation needed to meet the demands of our pan-European fashion business and we’re looking forward to working together on this contract as our business continues to develop.”

The contract will be serviced from two of Clipper’s five German sites, Münchberg and Hof, with a workforce of 110 people working on the s.Oliver brand.

The Clipper Group was founded by entrepreneur Steve Parkin in 1992 with one van delivering clothing for fashion stores.

The company has a £200m turnover, and it employs more than 3,000 people at 30 sites across the UK and Germany. Clipper provides retail support services to a number of well-known high street names. It has been working with Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda since 2006.