Liberty, the London department store, has extended its contract with Clipper logistics “for the foreseeable future”.
Clipper will introduce new initiatives to improve productivity and control at its warehouse in Manchester, and to improve its turnaround times in putaway and picking functions to provide service opportunities.
The first phase of improvements is installation of a voice picking system, to automate putaway and picking operations which is scheduled to be complete in April 2011.
Liberty’s IT director Jonathan Samols said: “Clipper’s proven agility and expertise when working with Liberty meant that renewing the contract with the team was an obvious choice.”
The original contract was awarded by Liberty Fabrics in 1997.
* Leeds-based Clipper saw operating profit almost double to £4.2m in the first half (six months to October 2010) while sales were up 16 per cent at £80.9m.
The company has moved its focus from traditional haulage to focus on fashion logistics and online shopping.
Since 2007, e-fulfilment has grown to account for 20 per cent of the businesses’ turnover, a figure that has almost doubled in the last three years.