Menzies has announced it will be transferring its magazine packing operation from Linwood in Scotland to Wakefield in West Yorkshire.
In a letter sent to retailers on 29 September announcing the changes, the wholesaler said it would partially carry out the move on 5 October, with a full rollout expected on 19 October.
All magazines will be packed in Wakefield then transhipped to a retailer’s current newspaper supplying branch for delivery to their stores.
However, former retailer Neville Rhodes said it would “end in tears”. He told Better Retailing: “This is beyond satire. It is about the same as Paris magazine vendors getting their supplies from a Milan wholesaler.
“Linwood to Aberdeen was bad enough at 170 miles, but switching the packing to Wakefield more than doubles the distance to around 360 miles.”
The letter from Menzies read: “The unprecedented impacts of Covid-19 mean that we are shaping a ‘new normal’ and Menzies has been reviewing changes to our branch network.”
Back-office functions will also move to Wakefield. The process for returning stock will remain the same.
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