Up to 130 jobs may be affected at TNT Fashion Group UK as a result of plans to integrate elements of its dedicated supply chain operations within the wider TNT Express network.

Under the plans, which are currently being consulted on and are due to be implemented from March, TNT Fashion will continue to operate through its own dedicated network of 16 depots but will also have access to the 53 wider TNT Express depots – a move the firm says will provide more local coverage, connectivity and services for customers.

The jobs potentially impacted are spread across operations, clerical support, transport planning and management positions at the TNT Fashion hub in Glenfield (Leicester) and the firm’s Clayton depot, with a small number of staff also affected at the Glasgow depot, a company spokesman told Motortransport.co.uk.

In a statement, TNT Fashion Group said it was “working closely with staff and their representatives to support those employees most affected by the changes, including considering redeployment options where appropriate”.

Commenting on the move, TNT Express UK & Ireland MD Alistair Cochrane said: “Combining the greater resources and more expansive infrastructure offered by TNT Express with the industry specific expertise and services of TNT Fashion will bring direct benefits to the speed and quality of service for our customers, and therefore long-term success of both their business and ours.”

Nick Halton, regional officer at Unite, told said that the bulk of positions affected would be drivers' jobs but added that he was “confident we can save a lot of them”, not least through redeployment within the wider TNT Express network.

“The company is endeavouring to do this as fairly and sensitively as possible,” he added. “We have a good relationship with the company and are working to do the best for the employees that are there.”

An initial consultation meeting between Unite and TNT Fashion is due to take place on 29 January.