2,700 Jobs At Risk As City Link Collapses :(

SuperEd
Really feel sorry for al those who could possibly lose their jobs The company's online parcel tracking system and helpline telephone numbers remain open to enable fulfilment of existing orders

More than 2,700 jobs are at risk over the festive period after one of the UK's biggest parcel delivery services companies collapsed into administration.

Sky News has learnt that City Link, which has been a perennial loss-maker, called in the professional services firm EY on Christmas Eve and immediately ceased accepting parcels from customers.

A public statement confirming the move is expected to be circulated on Friday.

The news comes at the start of what is expected to be a frenetic period for retailers, with many chains beginning their Boxing Day sales online 24 hours earlier.

City Link, which is owned by the investment firm headed by Jon Moulton, the veteran venture capitalist, is understood to count John Lewis among its largest clients.

It is unclear whether John Lewis, which could not be reached for comment, has put in place contingency plans to deal with City Link's collapse.

In a statement issued to Sky News, EY confirmed its appointment, saying it had put in place the ban on accepting new parcels at its Coventry head office, three other transport hubs and 53 depots across the UK.

"The company has entered administration as a result of continued substantial losses and is unable to continue accepting new parcels due to the further losses it would incur," it said.

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Update 31st Jan

CITY LINK UPDATE Via Parcel2go

As you may be aware City Link recently went into administration and as a result of this some parcels are currently in City Link depots awaiting collection. Also there are some limited numbers of InPost parcels in lockers as City Link was the carrier they used.
InPost are making arrangements to have parcels currently held in lockers collected and forwarded onto the original recipient and they will also have a new carrier so that normal service can resume.
In terms of City Link or InPost parcels currently held in City Link depots, we are making every effort to locate and deliver all parcels currently in their network and will be updating customers as soon as further information is available. Once your parcel has been located we will again contact you with further information on when this will be delivered.
In the event that your parcel is at the depot and you would like to collect it, please contact our live help for further advice how to locate the depot.
Should you be unable to attend the delivery depot, we will be in touch with you again in the next day or two with further information. Naturally, we sincerely apologise for the impact that this unexpected development is having. Please be assured we will be monitoring all parcels within the City Link network and continue to do so until such time as all items are located and delivered.

Thanks for your understanding.

Also

A parcel delivery company is north Wales could offer a life line to former City Link staff.

Bosses at Delsol, which has centres in Caernarfon and Flintshire, have already employed a manager from City Link's depot at Gaerwen, on Anglesey, and hope to speak to others in the new year.

Around 80 people in Wales are facing redundancy after City Link collapsed on Christmas Eve.

further update

Staffordshire-based APC Overnight will give priority to former City Link staff when filling vacancies at its national sorting centre in Cannock - and says more positions could be offered across the UK.

APC Overnight says it will make up to 100 jobs available to workers made redundant by City Link. Chief executive Karl Brown also said more posts may be made available at 115 other APC depots throughout the UK.
He said: ‘This is an extremely difficult time for City Link staff members and their families.
‘Following discussions with board members, we’ve made the decision to prioritise City Link staff for the job vacancies we currently have on offer.

78 Comments

Original Poster SuperEd

Well that was unexpected, how is it possible?

Original Poster SuperEd

Error440

Well that was unexpected, how is it possible?



Absolutely crazy, Not sure how they can lose money but obviously don't know the in's & out's.

Just really feel for those who may lose their jobs.

Can't belive they went bust such a great reliable company who never lie

to not got for the few honest workers loosing their jobs today.

fil

Can't belive they went bust such a great reliable company who never lie … Can't belive they went bust such a great reliable company who never lie ;)to not got for the few honest workers loosing their jobs today.



They were better then yodel and Amazon logistics, I'm amazed as they seemed to be a big company always in work

problem is now there are so many companies about... wouldn't be Suprised if more went up the wall. Just hope it's the rubbish ones that do and not the decent ones like City Link

That's crazy news, didn't expect that!

Used them through inpost on Monday. They delivered the item the next day, sad to hear this!

Error440

Well that was unexpected, how is it possible?



Obviously don't know the exact chain of events but I'd imagine it's a combination of rising costs - petrol only recently coming down - increased competition where clients such as Amazon are basically choosing cost price to them over actual quality of service - and actuallly having proper staff and drivers as opposed to the Yodel/Hermes approach of self employed drivers.

Completely sucks for their staff

Feel sorry for staff not good news

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goonertillidie

Absolutely crazy, Not sure how they can lose money but obviously don't … Absolutely crazy, Not sure how they can lose money but obviously don't know the in's & out's.Just really feel for those who may lose their jobs.



they make next to nothing for delivering parcels, very easy to see how it happened

isn't this old news?

you would have thought with so much more internet shopping this would be a thriving business. they are obviously doing something wrong, like not delivering? but that hasn't stopped yodel!

Original Poster SuperEd

whatsThePoint

they make next to nothing for delivering parcels, very easy to see how it … they make next to nothing for delivering parcels, very easy to see how it happened



As i said, i don't know the in's and outs
Edited by: "goonertillidie" 25th Dec 2014

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mutley1

isn't this old news?you would have thought with so much more internet … isn't this old news?you would have thought with so much more internet shopping this would be a thriving business. they are obviously doing something wrong, like not delivering? but that hasn't stopped yodel!



if you are delivering parcels from a to b its easier to make money, but when you are delivering parcels from a to b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z and trying to stay competitive with companies that hire anyone who has a car for 50p per delivery its a bit harder to stay in business
Edited by: "whatsThePoint" 25th Dec 2014

50p a day, great intelligent analysis, lucky you didnt go to college otherwise you would have wasted someone's money

How do those freelancers make any money, the drivers that is not the companies

Not a big surprise to me becuase I've noticed the past year or 2 that no city link vans delivered any of my parcels to me and I order tons of stuff from different retailers, and I noticed there vans was less visible on the roads compared to how often i use to see them (use to be everyday).

most of the city link delivery's are from owner drivers over the last 12 months. don't think I have seen a city link van for months.

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ttsese

50p a day, great intelligent analysis, lucky you didnt go to college … 50p a day, great intelligent analysis, lucky you didnt go to college otherwise you would have wasted someone's money



do you want me to start laughing at you now or after everyone else realises the mistake you have made?

Not surprising really, some couriers still try to charge obsurd money for services their competition offer for half the price. Get with the times or get left behind.

I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like this to happen. I think a large part of this is the way they went back to call centres rather than keeping customer services in depots, none of the clients likes the fact they couldn't speak to someone locally.
I feel so sorry for the staff especially at this time of year.

whatsThePoint

if you are delivering parcels from a to b its easier to make money, but … if you are delivering parcels from a to b its easier to make money, but when you are delivering parcels from a to b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z and trying to stay competitive with companies that hire anyone who has a car for 50p per delivery its a bit harder to stay in business



they needed to move with the time. if the likes of yodel and hermes are thriving they need to review their own business model and readjust. they obviously did not do this very well.

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mutley1

they needed to move with the time. if the likes of yodel and hermes are … they needed to move with the time. if the likes of yodel and hermes are thriving they need to review their own business model and readjust. they obviously did not do this very well.



A race to the bottom, great.

I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like this to happen. I think a large part of this is the way they went back to call centres rather than keeping customer services in depots, none of the clients likes the fact they couldn't speak to someone locally.
I feel so sorry for the staff especially at this time of year.

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I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like this to happen. I think a large part of this is the way they went back to call centres rather than keeping customer services in depots, none of the clients likes the fact they couldn't speak to someone locally.
I feel so sorry for the staff especially at this time of year.

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whatsThePoint

do you want me to start laughing at you now or after everyone else … do you want me to start laughing at you now or after everyone else realises the mistake you have made?



Be honest you started laughing straight away didnt you? X)

I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like this to happen. I think a large part of this is the way they went back to call centres rather than keeping customer services in depots, none of the clients likes the fact they couldn't speak to someone locally.
I feel so sorry for the staff especially at this time of year.

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I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like this to happen. I think a large part of this is the way they went back to call centres rather than keeping customer services in depots, none of the clients likes the fact they couldn't speak to someone locally.
I feel so sorry for the staff especially at this time of year.

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bazzamone

Be honest you started laughing straight away didnt you? X)



yeap and I'm still laughing now, mind you, maybe I should laugh at those who haven't worked out the mistake yet as well

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toshapetriji

I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like … I used to work for city-link and we were always expecting something like this to happen. I think a large part of this is the way they went back to call centres rather than keeping customer services in depots, none of the clients likes the fact they couldn't speak to someone locally. I feel so sorry for the staff especially at this time of year.



I'm surprised no one had said that sooner

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whatsThePoint

yeap and I'm still laughing now, mind you, maybe I should laugh at those … yeap and I'm still laughing now, mind you, maybe I should laugh at those who haven't worked out the mistake yet as well



I saw it straight away.

Just sayin

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bazzamone

I saw it straight away.Just sayin



pm me what you think the mistake is, just in case they made 2 mistakes and I missed the biggest one X)

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whatsThePoint

pm me what you think the mistake is, just in case they made 2 mistakes … pm me what you think the mistake is, just in case they made 2 mistakes and I missed the biggest one X)



Now you're making me question myself X)
Its the 50p a day mistake?

lol

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Fic

lol



Thats not nice laughing at 2700 people losing their jobs oO

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It must be bored o'clock.

bazzamone

Thats not nice laughing at 2700 people losing their jobs oO



Not laughing at them.

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bazzamone

Now you're making me question myself X) Its the 50p a day mistake?



by that do you mean I said 50p per delivery and that's what they took it as meaning
yeah that's the one X)

I was hoping you had found another 1 tbh X)

Simple economics really, they were offering rates to customers that were lower than the cost price of completing a delivery

fordie2

Simple economics really, they were offering rates to customers that were … Simple economics really, they were offering rates to customers that were lower than the cost price of completing a delivery



it's called a bad business model.

Is there an echo in here?
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