Asda offers Clipper "unprecedented" ten-year contract
By: David Howells
22 December 2011
Clipper may soon be considering hiring drivers after securing a ten-year contract with Asda's George clothing line, BBC News reports.
Hundreds of jobs are expected to be created from the new deal, which sees Clipper continue the role it has been undertaking since 2009 for the next ten years.
Currently, Clipper handles around 55 million units each year - a figure which prompted a move to a larger, state-of-the-art distribution centre. As a result, the operation will now run from Clipper's £40 million base in Wynyard near Teesport when it opens in August 2012.
Amongst the new additions to the distribution hub include a three-tier hanging garment mezzanine and hanging conveyors. The centre itself has a footprint of 350,000 square feet, but the three mezzanine levels take the figure above 1 million. Over 600,000 square feet are expected to be taken up by the Asda contract.
Speaking to logisticsmanager.com, the distribution director at Asda, Ian Stansfield, explained: "Clipper has proven itself to be an invaluable partner to our business and the success of the bespoke solution it created in the North East in 2009 has brought about significant cost and efficiency savings to our operation.
"On the strength of this success, and our growing clothing business, we have taken the unprecedented step of signing this ten year contract for Clipper to provide portcentric solutions as the new Clipper Wynyard Portcentric Centre."
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