Proper Hires Head of Operations To Pace The Way To Our New Home

Supply chain and distribution expert Jon Higgs has joined Proper Music Group to spearhead our expansion to a brand new, larger warehouse in Dartford. Higgs will take up the role of head of operations, and bring a wealth of experience in music distribution.

Previously at HMV for 15 years, Higgs oversaw national fulfilment for retail and e-commerce and led the relocation of HMV’s warehouse operations from the Channel Islands to England. He also opened over 150 new stores for the entertainment retailer. At Proper he will head up the expansion plans, and lead a team of more than 50 distribution specialists and warehouse staff.

The news follows another great year for Proper, with 2015/16 profits of £283,000 before tax, surpassing the record breaking figure of the previous year.

The new premises will treble floor capacity by implementing a double mezzanine structure and an integrated conveyor system linking all floors through to despatch. In addition, high bay racking will offer capacity for over 3,000 pallets and some 9 million units which represents a 500% increase on total capacity compared with the current Proper warehouse. The move will greater streamline efficiencies and improve availability resulting in a greater customer experience for both retail and online.

Jon Higgs, Proper’s Head of Operations, remarked: “It’s great to begin my time at Proper as it enters its next phase of development and growth. As we move from the current Sydenham branch into our new premises, I’m particularly excited to embrace the new automation and system developments which our projected growth plans have allowed us to invest in. I can’t wait to get started.”
Drew Hill, Managing Director of Proper Music Group, added: “I’m delighted that Jon is coming onboard to employ his expertise as we settle into our new home. Going forward, Jon’s experience will prove invaluable as we continue to grow, and adapt to the challenges and opportunities thrown our way.”