Exertis has confirmed that over 50 roles are at risk from the proposed closure of one of its warehouses.
The distributor has initiated a consultation period for staff at its warehouse and distribution facility in Raunds, Northamptonshire, as it considers a proposal to close it next year.
The proposed move is part of a drive to warehouse and distribute all its stock from one location – namely its National Distribution Centre – from 2025.
Exertis’ Burnley Bridge hub will employ close to 650 staff by the busy season in October and November, Exertis confirmed as it gave press a tour of the 465,000 sq ft site last week.
A new ‘state-of-the-art’ pick tower (pictured below) at the site hands the broadliner the ability to increase pick efficiency and satisfy the market requirement for order consolidation and kit-to-order, it claimed.
All 58 roles based at the Raunds site are at risk of redundancy, Exertis confirmed.
The distributor will now enter a period of collective and individual consultation with those impacted before any final decisions are made regarding the proposal, it added, however.
“All Raunds colleagues will be given a support pack immediately, detailing the support available as the consultation proceeds,” Exertis stated.
“If the proposals go ahead, the business will offer impacted colleagues the opportunity to relocate if they can and wish to do so, as well as announcing a retention bonus for affected staff. Exertis will also provide a series of in-house courses on job applications, CV writing and interview skills to help colleagues, should they be affected by redundancy, to find work as seamlessly as possible.”