The British high street clothing and homeware retailer which has closed its shops due to the Coronavirus outbreak has just announced that from Thursday 26th at 6pm their online shopping operation will also shut due to the Covid-19 virus.
NEXT.co.uk, which operates at the URL NextDirect.com offers international shipping to most countries around the world, and is a popular and highly successful retail operation, received complaints from some of its staff members working in their warehouses about continuing to work during the global Coronavirus outbreak, especially at a time when most of the rest of the UK is in a lockdown situation, in order to try and quell the spread of the disease.
NEXT online closes
Management have taken the tough decision to stop all online orders for the foreseeable future. Orders that are waiting in the warehouse or distribution centres will be sent out as soon as is practicably possible, according to the message on their website, which reads:
“NEXT has listened very carefully to its colleagues working in Warehousing and Distribution Operations to fulfill Online orders. It is clear many increasingly feel they should be at home in the current climate.
NEXT has therefore taken the difficult decision to temporarily close its Online, Warehousing and Distribution Operations from this evening, Thursday 26 March 2020. NEXT will not be taking any more Online orders after this time until further notice.”
NEXT closes their stores
NEXT previously announced that their stores would shut on March 23rd. This is the announcement on Twitter.
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our staff who continue to be incredibly supportive of NEXT and we would also like to let customers know that we do appreciate their loyal support. pic.twitter.com/Co7CGIAyn2
— Next (@nextofficial) March 23, 2020