DHL currently runs the Long Eaton distribution centre Image: Getty Images 
Hundreds of staff members – all of which have now entered a 30-day consultation period on how the closures will impact them long term, will be affected.The Mirror reports today: “The retail giant said it will close its Thorncliffe distribution centre in Sheffield, in the summer of 2021.

“It is understood that around 250 staff members are affected – all of whom have now entered a consultation period.

“A further 330 workers are affected in Nottinghamshire, with the chain also confirming plans to axe its Long Eaton Distribution Centre – which is run by DHL – next year.”

An M&S spokesman said: “We’re in the early stages of changing our supply chain to address flow of product and availability for our customers.

“As part of this we’ll no longer be serving our stores from our Thorncliffe and Long Eaton distribution centres.

“Moving the operations is not a decision we’ve taken lightly but it’s an important change to help us best serve our customers as we move to a nationally connected network. Our logistics partners will be working closely with the colleagues at the sites on what is best for them.”

According to the report, the Thorncliffe warehouse is run by goods management company XPO Logistics which distributes stock for Marks & Spencer.

An XPO spokesperson said: “Following a review of their operations, our customer has decided to withdraw its operations from the M&S Thorncliffe warehouse.

“We have entered into a consultation period with colleagues, the trade union and elected employee representatives to finalise the plans.

“We will work to support employees through this time.”

Speaking on the Nottinghamshire closures, a DHL spokesman said: “As M&S transitions to a nationally connected supply chain network it is proposing to close its Long Eaton regional distribution centre in spring 2021, with the DHL-operated transport office relocating to M&S distribution centre at Castle Donington.

“Our affected warehouse staff have been informed and will shortly enter into consultation with the company and union representatives to discuss its implications and their options, including the possibility of redeploying to other DHL operations locally.

“M&S stresses the decision is part of wider plans to modernise its supply chain and in no way reflects on the high levels of service delivered by the team at Long Eaton over the years.

“We will continue to work in partnership with M&S at several of its nationally connected sites.”

Usdaw, the union representing workers, said: “This proposed closure has come as a shock and is devastating news for staff.

“Usdaw will now enter into meaningful consultations with the company, where we will interrogate the business case and secure the best possible outcome for all affected.

“In the meantime, we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they need at this very difficult time.”

  • The warehouse is run by goods management company XPO Logistics which distributes stock for Marks & Spencer -Image: LightRocket via Getty Images