In the recent period, but only at less than half of the normal level of activity, employees from the worldwide Inditex’s ten logistics centers in Spain – from which it sends out clothing to its stores worldwide. In the meantime, only three of the 13 Spanish factories in Inditex are back on the road producing medical supplies like scrubs for fighting the Coronavirus crisis in Spain, without any garments being made for brands like Zara and Bershka for now.
Spain recently loosened the terms of a strict lockdown, brought into force to halt the spread of one of the deadliest outbreaks of the virus worldwide, allowing nonessential workers to return to their jobs after a two-week hiatus. Staff at the Inditex logistics centers returned to work but at reduced schedules – either working half days or just two or three shifts a week – to reduce contact between employees, a union representative and a worker said.
The workers had stepped up entrances and exits and worn masks and gloves rather than entering the facility at one time, while maintaining a distance of 2 meters between colleagues. One worker said that in one of Inditex’s 13 Spanish sewing companies only 15 per cent of daily operation is retained, concentrating on machine maintenance, not clothing production.