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Clarks consolidates UK and RoI teams

Clarks has consolidated its retail and wholesale teams in the UK and Republic of Ireland under operations director Chris Jewell.

There are not thought to have been any redundancies at Clarks as a result of the restructuring of the teams.

“…the rapidly changing market and competitive conditions in the UK and RoI are presenting new and significant opportunities to further strengthen our market position and increase Clarks brand share. “

Melissa Potter, managing director, Clarks International

Clarks said its multichannel retail, distribution planning, UK and RoI wholesale, UK retail, UK franchise and factory outlet teams would now be managed together to help “optimise distribution and delivery”.

Clarks said the structure reflected its business model in other key international markets.

Clarks International managing director Melissa Potter said: “Despite the very challenging retail conditions of the past 12 months, Clarks has continued to enjoy strong sales in the UK and RoI, further building on its long held position as UK market leader.”

“Over recent years we have been focussing on developing an increasingly integrated distribution strategy for our home markets using our retail and franchise chains, alongside our wholesale business and our fast growing online channel, to access the broadest possible range of customers.”

Potter added: “However, we now believe the rapidly changing market and competitive conditions in the UK and RoI are presenting new and significant opportunities to further strengthen our market position and increase Clarks brand share. To ensure that we fully and rapidly exploit these opportunities, the responsibility of all distribution channels in the UK and RoI will be consolidated under the leadership of Chris Jewell, as operations director UK and RoI, with immediate effect.”

Jewell said: “Our wholesale, franchise and MCR [multichannel retail] businesses will continue to be critical components of our distribution strategy in the UK and RoI. This change to the management structure of our business will enable us not only to take a more integrated approach to managing our distribution points throughout the UK, but will also create an opportunity to further improve our service levels and support to all our
distribution channels.”

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