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Made.com opts for two supply routes

Made.com will adopt a new supply chain model after Brexit as, in the words of its boss,  moving boxes across borders that are closed is more complicated.

Philippe Chainieux, Made chief executive told the Wanna be Scale up conference in France that it had a ‘dedicated plan for Brexit.'

‘Part of the business is to move boxes across borders, and when you have a border that is closed that is more complicated. So we have set up two different infrastructures in a way, one being dedicated for the UK, the other being dedicated for Europe. We have the obligation and we have a process to finalise that to really segregate what's linked to UK activity and European activity.’

The company will remain headquartered in the UK after Brexit, but is in the process of recruiting more in Paris, where it will have its European hub.

This is ‘a business decision that has been accelerated by a couple of political decisions. It's about how do you manage your risk as an international company, and it is about your capacity to attract talent and attract the right people, making sure you're going to get them in the long term.'

‘I think when you want to mitigate the risk, having a second hub which will be positioned differently is a good way to have a capacity whatever the situation, to allow us to attract the talent we need to grow the company.'

‘It's not about giving up the UK market. We are incorporated in the UK, we are headquartered in the UK, the UK is super important for us, but to fulfil our ambition we need to be international, and we need to be the European leader.’