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Next’s reopened website closes until tomorrow

UK retail chain Next has now re-closed its website for the day, just hours after re-opening today, because of a surge in orders.

Next says it will reopen on Wednesday, and is carefully limiting orders so staff can comply with physical distancing rules.

My colleague Sarah Butler explains:

Analysts at Peel Hunt said that Next had hit its order deadline for Tuesday by 08.30am.

The retailer has relaunched its warehouse and online store nearly three weeks after they closed as it said it had made changes to protect staff from coronavirus infection. Initially the site will only sell childrenswear and small homewares but may extend that in future. The retailer asked for volunteers to staff the warehouse and 3,000 have come forward so far.

It said it would begin by selling low amounts of goods, so that only a small number of staff would be required at any one time, helping to ensure social distancing rules are complied with.

Next’s website

Next’s website Photograph:

David Madden of CMC Markets says:

In the grand scheme of things it is a small step in the right direction, but it sends out a positive message – some limited online business is better than no business.


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