River Island awards contract to Clipper Logistics

River Island has awarded Clipper Logistics a five-year open book contract at its Milton Keynes distribution centre (DC.)

The logistics company, which already handles returns for the fashion retailer at its Ollerton DC, will extend its services to include warehousing, distribution to High Street stores, and e-fulfilment and returns management services at the Milton Keynes stie.

“River Island embraces change to make sure our customers can shop with us however and whenever they like in this fast-evolving retail environment,” said chief executive of River Island, Will Kernan. “We are excited to be extending our existing partnership with a world class logistics operator like Clipper, who have the expertise to deliver a significant, fast-paced programme of change that will support our omni-channel strategy and growth ambitions. Our brilliant distribution centre workforce will remain in place and, with Clipper at the helm, we are confident that our logistics operations will become even more future proof, more efficient and more flexible.”

Clipper announced it has also signed a 10-year contract with UK outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse.

“We have been impressed with Clipper’s innovative thinking and track record,” said Marcus Ward, chief operating and financial officer, Mountain Warehouse. “The engagement from Clipper’s senior team from an early stage and Clipper’s proven ability to meet our high standards, has given us with the confidence to enter into a long term partnership. We are really excited to get started.”

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