Hachette hit by distribution problems at new Didcot centre

Hachette hit by distribution problems at new Didcot centre

Some publishers and bookshops have reported ongoing problems at Hachette’s state-of-the-art distribution centre despite the firm saying this week it had recovered from “teething troubles”.

The Hely Hutchinson Centre officially opened in April with ambitions to eventually distribute half of all titles published in the UK. Located in Didcot, the centre is the most expensive capital project in the firm's history, using robotic “shuttles” to move books to their pickers.

However, a number of external clients have told The Bookseller there were problems over the autumn when they first moved in,...

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