Screwfix move

Just announced on BBC local news that Screwfix are likely to move their distribution centre from Somerset to the East Midlands. Failure to secure planning permission for a large extension locally is given as the reason.
Admin. and Call Centre to remain in Somerset.
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I take it that <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/3443639.stm was caused by their centre starting to move?
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From a customer service point of view (Reliable next day delivery) and the current thinking in the Logistics World it is absolutely the right thing to do to relocate to the East Midlands. The East Midlands is in the all important "Distribution Triangle" which allows next day delivery to the whole of the UK within a days drive, something that Somerset can't boast.
I would guess that the planning permission issue gives them a good excuse to up sticks without being seen as the bad guys, "its NIMBYism that has lost your jobs boys". Personally I'm not sure they will get a better service, than what the current location gives them. They will certainly have to start paying a lot more wages and have a lot more staff turnover.
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Could lead to a massive "special deal" campaign as they prepare to up sticks. They will have a fair amount of stuff in the warehouse which they will presumably not want to have to load on a wagon etc - it'll be cheaper to sell it off at a discount.
Wishful thinking perhaps..... :)
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Perhaps this is why Bargain Bob's came into existence - to sell 'over ordered and discontinued' stock. By setting up a different sales outlet any problems caused by the Somerset operation not having a complete stock range because nothing is being re-stocked doesn't reflect on the operation of the Screwfix branded operation.
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Nah, they'll just send new stock to the new place while running down the stock at the old place. Look forward to orders arriving in two deliveries until all old stock has been sold.

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If the locals want to object to the extension, then they can loose their jobs working in the place .......
Own Stupid Fault.
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but the real reason is more likely the stupid situation where different regions can offer different regional aid 'bribes'. Don't forget that jag+=2 *hates* any non-labour voting area, which Somerset certainly is, and Phoney Liar is an indian lover, who make up a high proportion of the population in that part of the world - so the usual Noo labour spite is hard at work.
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What balls! Thatcher decided to have hate campaign on the north of England and looked after the rural,south. Yes, I suppose carrots are important.
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Watford. People down south didn't benefit from any of these tax billions disappearing down a black (coal) hole, but they certainly had to pay for them via artificially high coal, gas and phone charges. Thatcher only hated restrictive union practises, and AFAIK the EU wanted to get rid of excess steel and coal output anyway. PS the same thing happened in France, though strangely enough the Germans still manage to run very inefficient coal mines.
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Not so. In 1984 there was a cold winter. The people in the south were give an extra allowance while those elsewhere got nothing at all. Thatcher also looked after the south by abandoning the re-location of government departments to the rest of Britain.
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