Next hints at MASSIVE clearance sale to clear backlog of stock

The British clothing retailer Next has announced some changes that could see stores re-open in just a few weeks time. As well as opening branches, it has hinted that a huge sale could be coming to clear excess stock.


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Following government advice, Next closed its doors last month when all non-essential retailers were asked to shut.

While stores across the country closed on March 26, online sales resumed earlier this month.

Next said: “On Thursday 26 March, we temporarily closed our UK warehouses and distribution networks in order to adapt our operations to working safely in a coronavirus world.”

Although the coronavirus lockdown continues, some retailers have been looking at ways to safely re-open branches.


Will Next have a sale?

The retailer has hinted at a possible sale due to having excess stock.

While branches have been closed, Next has been left with much more stock than they normally would.

The clothing chain already holds four sales a year, including Boxing Day, Summer and two mid-season sales.

However, they could be getting ready to clear stock as soon as they re-open.

Next said: “The reduction in sales volumes has meant that we have a lot more stock in our warehouses than anticipated.

“Although our main July and January End of Season Sales are likely to fall outside lockdown, we believe clearing our surplus stock will prove challenging if social distancing restrictions are in force.”

Since stores have been closed, the retailer has been working hard to ensure social distancing measures are put into place for when it opens again.


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Next bosses have also looked at how the layout of stores could be altered to make it safer for customers to shop.

The retailer continued: “During the 18 days of closure we re-organised all aspects of our warehousing to ensure social distancing and improved sanitation.

“We re-organised the flow of pedestrians, adapted exits, entrances, congregation areas, rest areas and workstations.

“In addition, we changed our picking routines and delivery promise to smooth workflow during the day and eliminated the peaks in activity most likely to result in close contact between operatives.”

By making these changes, the fashion brand is hoping to reopen stores once lockdown rules have been relaxed.

It continued: “We have plans in place for the re-purposing of our stores ready to re-open in a socially distanced world.

“Measures include screening of tills, distance marking walkways, sanitisation stations, exit and entry management systems and other measures.”

It is thought larger stores, such as those in retail parks, could open first.

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