Wednesday 30th Sep 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Hornby to start move to new warehouse

Toymaker Hornby expects to start the physical move to a new warehouse at Hersden near Canterbury in the next few days.

The company, whose brands include Scalextric and Airfix, is outsourcing its UK warehousing and logistics to DS Logistics.

It set out the plan in July, saying the existing Margate warehouse lacked outside space to allow transport access. There was also a lack of IT infrastructure upon which to run modern warehousing systems and a building with significant repair and maintenance issues has led to a review of the site.

In its interim management statement for the period from 31 March, the company said plans for the migration of UK logistics and warehousing functions to DS Logistics in Hersden, Kent in August were “progressing well and the physical move is due to commence in the next few days”.

“We expect that this facility will enable the company to service its UK customer base more effectively over the key sales period this Christmas. We are now assessing opportunities to build upon this service and our existing freehold site.”

Hornby has also been working with suppliers in Asia to improve supplies of Scalextric and Hornby products. It recently appointed Bharat Ahir to the newly created position of managing director Asia.

“We are working with an increased number of factories in our network and improving the capability of vendors and therefore, while we still foresee challenges in on-going production, we remain confident that supplies of key products will improve over time.”

Looking forward to Christmas, it said: “On time delivery of our product will continue to be a significant factor in performance and we are working closely with key suppliers to achieve the required volumes.  With the correct volumes in play we are satisfied that our trading outlook is in line with market expectations.”

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