Shoe firm Deichmann signs deal for huge Corby warehouse

An artist's impression of the site.

An artist’s impression of the site.

Major shoe retailer Deichmann has agreed a lease for a purpose-built 162,500 sq ft warehouse and offices in Corby.

The firm, Europe’s biggest footwear retailer, will take on the unit at Centrix Business Park off Phoenix Parkway after agreeing the deal with site owners and developers Clowes Developments.

The Corby warehouse – on a site bigger than London’s Trafalgar Square – will be the firm’s brand new UK distribution facility with their head office remaining in nearby Market Harborough.

Chris Holden, director at Deichmann, said: “We are continuing to expand our presence in the UK both online and opening new High Street stores.

“This development will enhance that expansion and enable us to improve service levels across the business.

“We believe Corby is a great location for our UK warehouse, being close to the centre of our store network and providing a skilled workforce for logistics operations.”

Deichmann was founded in Germany in 1913 by Heinrich Deichmann and now employs more than 40,000 people around the world.

Centrix Business Park forms part of Corby’s new ‘regeneration framework’ and comprises a 39-acre (15.8 hectare) development.

James Richards, development director at Clowes Developments, said: “Securing another major occupier for the scheme in Corby is a great result.

“The scope of the building and its high-spec delivery will, without doubt, add considerable value to the ongoing regeneration aspirations for this town.

“Bringing a household names such as Deichmann and BakeAway to Centrix Park are lines in the sand marking the bright new future for the former brownfield site.”

Chris Holden, director at Deichmann, said: “We are continuing to expand our presence in the UK both online and opening new High Street stores.

“This development will enhance that expansion and enable us to improve service levels across the business.

“We believe Corby is a great location for our UK warehouse, being close to the centre of our store network and providing a skilled workforce for logistics operations.”

Deichmann was founded in Germany in 1913 by Heinrich Deichmann and now employs more than 40,000 people around the world.

Centrix Business Park forms part of Corby’s new ‘regeneration framework’ and comprises a 39-acre (15.8 hectare) development.

James Richards, development director at Clowes Developments, said: “Securing another major occupier for the scheme in Corby is a great result.

“The scope of the building and its high-spec delivery will, without doubt, add considerable value to the ongoing regeneration aspirations for this town.

“Bringing a household names such as Deichmann and BakeAway to Centrix Park are lines in the sand marking the bright new future for the former brownfield site.”

 

Byeway Logistics *New contract update

Byeway Logistics LTD updated their phone number.

Echo Have signed a new contract with Byway Logistics soon to be opening in Corby.  The firm specialise in supplying ‘white Glove’ 2 person delivery services to Blue Chip furniture companies.  Echo will be recruiting for drivers and mates along with warehouse staff and FLT drivers.  Our first staff will be on site at the end of April with go live early in May.  We will be advertising all vacancies on our website and across all social media.

Superb news for Corby *Sofa in a box!!

Fast-growing ‘sofa in a box’ company to use Corby’s former Staples mega-warehouse as new distribution centre

Wincanton will be running the warehouse for its new client Snug

Image: Avison Young / Snug

A huge warehouse vacated by office retailer Staples has been snapped-up by Wincanton to be used as a distribution hub for a rapidly-expanding furniture company.

Staples announced it was moving off the site in Mitchell Road earlier this year, leaving dozens of people jobless.

But now Wincanton, which already runs several logistics centres around Northamptonshire, is taking over the lease on the building

The firm has been awarded a new contract to provide eFulfilment, stock management and final-mile home delivery services with online furniture retailer Snug.

The three-and-a-half-year contract will see Wincanton fulfil all customer orders, with large products being delivered via Wincanton’s two-person home delivery network.

Wincanton already has contracts with similar firms including Dobbies, Dwell, The White Company and Sofa Club.

Snug will become one of the principal customers at the state-of-the-art automated warehouse in Mitchell Road.

Wincanton has pledged to invest in the facility to develop next-generation robotics.

Snug launched in 2019 offering the UK’s first-ever sofa in a box, provides high-quality sofas on-demand for simple, no-tools assembly directly in customers’ homes.

Wincaton’s Managing Director of Digital and eFulfilment Paul Durkin said: “Snug required a long-term logistics partner to manage its warehousing fulfilment operations, as well as provide a critical role on the front-line meeting customer’s delivery expectations.

“Wincanton’s well-established eCommerce and eFulfilment capabilities, enhanced by our new development means we are well placed to support Snug with their continued growth.”

Snug founder Rob Bridgman said: “Snug started the ‘sofa in a box’ movement and in doing so has created one of the UK’s fastest-growing eCommerce brands. Snug’s ready to assemble sofas are delivered in days and assembled in minutes without the need for tools, setting us apart from all other sofa brands.

“As category creator and leader, we are continuing to invest in offering a world-class customer experience and Wincanton offers us capabilities to scale at pace and to deliver on our customer promise.”

Good news for Kettering

Cransley Park.

Echo hopeful to support this new site in Kettering in the coming months!!

A major firm which operates in 130 countries around the world has signed a deal to take on a warehouse in Kettering. Danish logistics company Maersk, part of the A.P. Moller Group, has acquired the biggest warehouse at Crossfire 14 – the site formerly known as Cransley Park just off Junction 8 of the A14.The firm is taking on the 101,134 sq ft unit to satisfy the increased demand for warehousing from its clients and it is expected to create many jobs, although an exact number has not been revealed. The unit has 182 parking spaces.

For more information:

https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/business/global-firm-signs-deal-for-kettering-warehouse-parks-biggest-unit-3171135

Echo are donating to Aimee skydive for her superb charity, she’s looking for as much support as possible. Please have a look!!

 

Aimee Ballantyne

Aimee Ballantyne

A Corby teenager will jump out of a plane next month to raise money for charity after she was inspired by a war hero’s story.

Aimee Ballantyne, 16, is set to skydive at Sibson Airfield near Peterborough on April 30 to raise money for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity.

She had watched a documentary about Royal Marines Commando Mark Ormrod, who stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2007 and lost three limbs.

Having been told he would never walk again, he not only proved them wrong to walk down the aisle on his wedding day but claimed gold at the Invictus Games.

Aimee’s dad Garry, who is ex-forces, contacted the war hero and asked if he would sign his book ‘Man Down’ for her. He went one better and not only signed the book but sent her a poster – and now Aimee wants to give something back.

Proud mum Lynnette said: “She is quite scared but also very excited.

“Aimee has one of the biggest hearts that I have ever known in a child and she never thinks about herself.

“She’s always thinking about other people and that’s what I love about her.”

Aimee, who is a pupil at Corby Business Academy, originally set herself a goal of £500.

But, despite the pandemic cutting off many traditional routes of fundraising, she has smashed every target set with the current total standing at more than £2,700.

She’s sold bags of Scottish tablet and held two big bingo nights, with one earlier this month having 90 people taking part on Zoom.

Lynnette said: “A lot of them were people that Garry served in the forces with, people who live locally or people from Highland dancing.

“She’s had so much support and it’s been brilliant to see.”

She’s also holding a raffle on Saturday, March 12, with some fantastic prizes.

Anyone who can donate a raffle prize or who wants to buy a ticket can contact Lynnette on 07944 531243 or on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lynnette.ballantyne.9.

And there’s an incentive for Aimee to raise even more – because if she hits £3,000 dad Garry, brother Will and his friend Ben have pledged to have their legs waxed.

Lynnette added: “I’m very proud – this has been an incredible achievement by her.”

To donate to Aimee’s cause, visit her fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aimee-ballantyne.

Welcome to Wellingborough Sanda

We would like to welcome Sanda to our Wellingborough team. Sanda started with Echo Personnel in July 2017, working at one of our clients warehouses as a Supervisor overseeing 2 local on-site contracts. Hard work and her superb working attitude paid off and she has now being given a position as Recruitment Consultant in our busy Wellingborough office. Outside of work Sanda loves to travel in the UK (out of lockdown). We look forward to your next career progression Sanda!!

Echo recruiting 6 apprentice’s through the Kickstart Scheme!!

Echo are currently recruiting 6 new positions for our local offices, the positions we are looking for:

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Kettering

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Corby

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Wellingborough

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Hereford

1 Accounts administrator Corby Head Office

1 Social media trainee Corby Head Office

All positions will be full time hours with full training with potential full time job on completion of training scheme.

To apply contact your local branch from our contact page, good luck!!

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