Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Clipper opens giant Asda clothing DC on Teesside

Clipper Logistics has opened its 840,000 sq ft warehouse  on Teesside which will handle more than 3 million items a week for Asda’s George clothing range.

The site at Wynyard Park has been designed as a shared use operation – with Asda/George being the anchor customer.

The location was chosen as it was close to the major import centre at Teesport operated by PD Ports.

The building has three levels of mezzanine floor which creates over 840,000 sq ft of operational space, with the design allowing for further growth to 1.2m sq ft. The design was developed to offer greater flexibility to support the changing demands of multichannel retailing.

In a ten-year deal, Asda George will occupy over 70 per cent of the operational space at the supercentre, which will feed its three UK regional clothing distribution centres.

23872 L-R: Mannix, and Stansfield

Ian Stansfield, Asda’s distribution director said: “Clipper has proven itself to be an invaluable partner to our business and the success of the bespoke solutions they have created for us has brought about significant cost and efficiency savings to our operations.

“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 deconsolidation solutions at the new Clipper Wynyard site.”

Clipper managing director Tony Mannix said: “We have developed our relationship with Asda/George over several years and this latest move demonstrates the trust that exists between the two companies. The building itself can be customised for numerous supply chain scenarios which is an extension of our mission to match ability with agility.”

“As well as providing ASDA/George with their bespoke solution, our new centre at Wynyard, will also offer other retailers – particularly those new to global sourcing and/or e-fulfilment, the opportunity to take advantage of deconsolidation best practice through a shared-user proposition without major capital investment.”