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Yodel wants to build a northern ‘super hub’ in response to a dramatic increase in parcel volumes.

It said the long-term strategic investment would involve a transition from its existing hub in Shaw over five years, but the parcel carrier also said it would protect all existing jobs, as well as creating new ones in the region.

A consultation will now be launched with employees, colleagues, union representatives and local stakeholders to identify a new site.

Yodel said new contract wins had prompted the move, but that consumer demand for online retail had recently been 'turbo charged' by the Covid-19 virus.

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Mike Hancox, Yodel chief executive, said: “As we look to Yodel’s long-term future, it is necessary to take strategic decisions which benefit the business, our people, clients and customers.

“That is why we are announcing plans for a new super hub in the north of England to take Yodel to the next phase of its growth journey. This represents an important upgrade to our current operations – creating more opportunities across the regions, whilst cementing Yodel’s position as the leading independent parcel carrier in the UK.”

Hancox added: “We’re announcing this now to give our colleagues the best possible opportunity to prepare for the change.

“Over the next five years our priority will be to provide a fair outcome for our team and we’ll do everything we can to support colleagues through this transition.”