Apr 14, 2020

Next reopens online store at ‘very limited’ capacity

Next has reopened its online business in a "Very limited" capacity, nearly three weeks after it halted its online operations to protect warehouse workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The online store had been reopened in "a very limited way", the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Online orders had reached maximum capacity after 90 minutes of trading on Tuesday, but Next said it should be able to increase online opening hours once workers had been retrained. Pressure has been mounting on retailers of "Non-essential" goods to close online operations, with luxury ecommerce site Yoox Net-a-Porter and menswear label Paul Smith among those to have suspended internet sales in the UK during the coronavirus lockdown. "Government guidance is that online retail is encouraged," said Mark Todd, national officer at union Usdaw.

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