The John Lewis Partnership is spending £45m on a new distribution centre for its 27-strong department store business.
The investment includes an £18m contract with Austrian logistics company Knapp to run the distribution centre.
The warehouse management system that will run the new centre is being supplied by Knapp. The logistics company will also supply automatic stacker cranes, goods-to-man systems, conveyor systems and pick-to-light technology.
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John Lewis’ supply chain director, Patrick Lewis, said, “This development gives us the space to increase the scale of our business and allows us to provide a better service to shops and customers at a lower cost.”
The new centre, which will be built at Magna Park in Milton Keynes, will handle the smaller items that are sold in the department stores. John Lewis’ existing distribution centre at Stevenage will be reconfigured to handle the larger goods sold by the chain.
The 184 Waitrose supermarkets that the John Lewis Partnership also owns are supplied by separate distribution centres.
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