Friday 28th Feb 2020 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Arcadia automated warehouse to handle Evans, Topman and Topshop

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Logistics Manager understands that Arcadia brand Evans is being fulfilled from a 1.2 million sq ft automated warehouse in Daventry central to Topman and Topshop’s logistics operations.

Earlier this year Arcadia opened the 1.2 million sq ft automated warehouse in Daventry, Northamptonshire, with Topman moving in in July and Topshop due to go live in the Spring of 2020.

However The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Topshop and Topman is to separate its logistics operations from the rest of Arcadia Group’s fashion brands. Arcadia said it would not comment directly on the latest Sunday Times article.

The Daventry site is described as having “state of the art technology and automation at the heart of its operation, delivering improved efficiency and a better customer experience in line with its business turnaround plan”.

According to results filed at Companies House the Daventry warehouse came at a cost of £29.4 million.

The group made a £93.4 million pre-tax loss, on a turnover of £1.8bn, for the 53 weeks ending 1 September 2018. During the same trading period Arcadia’s creditors approved a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in June, which led to the closure of 48 stores and rent cuts on 194 others.

Last month Arcadia denied a Sunday Times report that the group was preparing for a potential sell-off: “Following the formal completion of the CVA process, the board is fully focused on implementing its turnaround plan across all its brands.”

By Michelle Mooney