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
Admin. and Call Centre to remain in Somerset.
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.
Big Al - The Peoples Pal
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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guaranteed to reach me.
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.
I suspect the people doing the objecting don't actually work there :-(,
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.
Wrong again, all the state-subsidised 'industries' tended to be north of
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.
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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