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John Lewis growth to support growing online business


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Loewe back in business thanks to new ownership All new models will carry the hallmarks of


German luxury TV manufacturer, Loewe, has announced its return to the market. Following a significant investment from Skytec


Group Ltd, Loewe is marking this occasion and bolstering all core product sales with a five-year, pan-European warranty, and the Loewe UK subsidiary is housing spare parts in the UK via global-wide service partner, Let Me Repair, based in Glasgow. This will guarantee faster delivery times for dealers and, in turn, swifter resolutions for customers, the company said. Intent on learning from any previous shortcomings


having suspended operations in July 2019, Skytec plans to work closely with Loewe to turn the manufacturer into a global TV brand over the course of the next decade by employing modern technologies and savvy strategic partnerships. One such partnership is with Hisense and there


is development of a new operating platform, due to launch this month, with integrated platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime as standard.


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traditional Loewe products, thanks to their sophisticated design credentials and ‘Made in Germany’ ethos. Loewe now has approximately 150 people


employed at its HQ in Kronach, Germany with former management team Alan Whyte and Patricia Smith at the helm of UK operations. The UK extension will be the only European subsidiary. The brand is in the process of rebuilding its


supply chain with dealers both old and new throughout the UK, which will benefit from local stock holding for the first time since 2007. “We are delighted to bring Loewe back to the


market with the help of Skytec Group Ltd,” said Alan Whyte. “Its leadership team is filled with strong and like-minded individuals, all of whom have Loewe’s best interests at heart. Already, we are witnessing positive changes in the company’s approach, and we look forward to a bright and prosperous future for this renowned global brand.”


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The John Lewis Partnership is setting up a new one million square foot distribution centre in Milton Keynes in order to meet growing demand for online orders. The company is investing £50m in the


johnlewis.com platform, as well as the John Lewis app. Since the start of the pandemic, online sales have grown from 40 to over 60 per cent of John Lewis’s total sales, the retailer reported. JL Partnership said over £100m is being spent on


online growth over the course of its five-year strategy. The new warehouse will be its second largest distribution centre after its two million sq ft campus only four miles away. The move will create 500 new jobs. Andrew Murphy, Partner and Executive Director of


Operations for the Partnership, said: “This one-of-a-kind distribution centre represents a fantastic opportunity to power the continued growth of johnlewis.com, ensuring that we can keep pace with customer demand. “We will invest in the site’s automation capability to


support future growth. We plan to start operating during summer 2022. The proximity to our existing campus will enable us to combine more customer orders, reducing both the number of packages we create by approximately one million per year, and the number of lorries on the road, helping us to meet our target of being net zero carbon by 2035.”


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