NEXT reopens online business on selected items

Fashion and homewares retailer NEXT has confirmed it has reopened its online business along with its warehousing and distribution operations.

NEXT has implemented ‘very extensive additional safety measures’ and having consulted with colleagues and its recognised union, USDAW, it will re-open online ‘in a very limited way’. 

Initially only categories that its customers most need will be offered, such as Childrenswear and selected small Home items. Other product ranges may be added at a later date.

Commenting on the move, NEXT said: “Operations will start with support from colleagues who are willing and able to safely return to work. The idea is to begin selling in low volumes, so that we only need a small number of colleagues in each warehouse at any one time, helping to ensure rigorous social distancing is complied with.

“To achieve these limited volumes, NEXT will only allow customers to order the number of items that it believes can be picked safely on any given day.  At that point we will then stop taking orders and convert the website to ‘browse only’ until the following morning.”