Marks & Spencer has confirmed that its e-commerce distribution centre at Castle Donington is now handling 100 per cent of M&S.com orders, saying that it had enabled the retailer to launch an improved service delivery proposition.
In its results for the half year to 27th September, the retailer said a number of large capital projects had been completed and as a result total group capital spending was down £44.1m
Marks & Spencer invested £103.1m in its supply chain and technology in the first half, down from £118.4m in the first half last year.
It is continuing with the implementation of GM4, a new general merchandise commercial systems, with the first component, allocation and replenishment, currently being rolled out.
“In line with our strategy to build an infrastructure fit to support the future growth of the business, we continue to invest in supply chain and technology.”
Group sales rose one per cent to £4.9bn underlying pre-tax profit was up 2.3 per cent to £267.6m.
Chief executive Marc Bolland said: “M&S delivered sales growth and increased profit in the first half despite a tough market, particularly in September. We are pleased with the progress we have made against our key priorities for the year: GM gross margin, improving womenswear, driving food growth and cash generation.”