Tesco is re-tendering its transport operation after the announcement it would close two DCs and move some of its warehouse operations in-house.

A spokesman for Tesco confirmed that the retailer was re-tendering the transport services for its frozen operations from Daventry and its fresh operation from Snodland, Kent.

Tesco announced yesterday that it would be closing its Welham Green DC in Hertfordshire, moving grocery distribution operations to Reading, alongside the closure of its Chesterfield DC (with general merchandising moving to one DC in Middlesbrough), reducing the number of Tesco DCs from 25 to 23.

As part of the restructure it will be “bringing all warehouse operations that are currently carried out by DHL and Wincanton in-house” .

A spokeswoman for DHL Supply Chain told Motortransport.co.uk: “In response to an evolving retail sector, Tesco proposes to simplify its logistics operations by bringing in-house its hanging garment and frozen warehouse operations, currently managed by DHL, and re-tendering its transport operation.

“Affected staff have been informed of the situation and at the appropriate time we will commence Tupe consultations. We would like to thank staff for their ongoing commitment and will continue to do all we can to support them at this time,” the spokeswoman added.